UN envoy observes vote count after Afghan elections

2009-08-30 14:56 BJT

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The UN envoy to Afghanistan visited the Independent Election Commission headquarters on Friday to monitor progress in vote counting.  Kai Eide said he wanted to "see each and every stage of the process."

Final results are not expected for weeks.Afghanistan's election commission said on Saturday that Karzai now had 46.2 percent of the vote. Abdullah has 31.4 percent. Abdullah has accused Karzai of rigging the election, a charge the incumbent president denies.

The commission said on Friday the number of major fraud complaints which could "materially affect" the outcome had soared to 270. This could delay the announcement of the final result.