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Won't accept fabricated election results: Afghan candidate

Kabul, Feb 2 (IANS) Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who lost to President Hamid Karzai in 2009 presidential elections, Sunday warned that he would not accept forgery and fabricated result of the coming election scheduled for April 5.

"We want the coming elections to be a fair and transparent one. We do not accept the result of a fabricated and unfair election," Abdullah warned in a public gathering on the first day of the election campaign.

Campaign for Afghanistan's third presidential elections formally commenced Sunday amid tight security as the Taliban had threatened to disrupt the polling process, reported Xinhua.

At least eleven candidates have registered as contestants in the race.

Abdullah, who emerged as a potential candidate in the last election, had accused Karzai of forgery in the previous election, warning that the upcoming elections should be fair and transparent, otherwise the result "won't be acceptable".

Announcing his programmes, Abdullah promised to create more jobs, revive economy and work for maintaining peace and security.

He said he would develop friendly relations with neighbouring countries and the international community if elected as the president.

Abdullah said Afghanistan needs lasting support of the international community and inking bilateral security agreement with the US would pave the way for continuation of support to the country.

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Monitors Worry About Runoff Fraud
 

A number of Afghan election monitoring groups have warned that the runoff round of this year's presidential race could face increased fraud on the part of candidates so long as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) have staff members supporting one or the other candidate and engaging in fraud themselves. more......

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Meeting a Young Dr. Abdullah

 
It had been a long journey into the Hindu Kush mountains, starting in the Northwest of Pakistan in the summer of 1987. We began by secretly crossing the border into Afghanistan, trekking through Nuristan and finally making it over half a dozen 10,000-foot mountains to the Panjshir Valley. There, I   more......
 


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Dr. Abdullah Abdullah: In His Own Words
 
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The Afghan Election  The Man Who Could Upset Karzai

In Afghanistan's presidential race, the top challenger to President Karzai is former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah

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