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Afghan audit suspended again over disagreement

KABUL--Afghanistan's election commission on Saturday once again suspended the auditing process of 8.1 million votes cast in the presidential run-off poll, after the two candidates failed to agree on the procedure for invalidating fraudulent votes.

“The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has decided to suspend temporarily the vote audit until the fourth day of Eid, and we hope it is enough time for the candidates to sort out their differences,” the IEC chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani told a press conference Saturday.

The Muslim Eid festival expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

“The votes audit goes very slowly, the representatives of the candidates have walked out of the auditing process for the third time in the past ten days over differences of opinion,” Nuristani said Saturday.

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