Karzai meets leading runners, election officials
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the election process with leading presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, as well as poll panel officials.
Heads of the two main electoral bodies briefed participants on the overall conduct of presidential and provincial polls, tallying of votes and dealing with complaints.
Karzai expressed his satisfaction with the successful holding of inclusive elections, calling the exercise a major stride toward strengthening democracy in the country, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
Both Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, praising the commissions for the successful holding of the elections, floated suggestion to ensure a transparent vote count and address relevant issues.
Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, Senate Chairman Abdul Hadi Muslimyar, Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, acting Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, Gul Rahman Qazi, IEC Chairman Mohammed Yusuf Nuristani and IECC head Abdul Sattar Sadat also attended the meeting.
Abdullah tweeted transparency and credibility of the elections was the real topic of discussion at the meeting. The possibility of a run-off vote also came up for discussion, he wrote.
The top runner said he was not satisfied with the explanations offered by the commission heads with regard to measures to make the result acceptable to all.
It is the second meeting Karzai has held with the leading candidates. The first was held three days ago when preparations for the incoming president’s inauguration were discussed.
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