2.5m bogus votes cast in runoff polls: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah claimed on Saturday the bogus votes cast in the June 14 runoff election numbered 2.5 million and he would not accept the results under any circumstances.
Speaking in Kabul to elders from Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Kandahar and Helmand provinces, he said they had not gathered to create a crisis situation. "We are here to deal with a legal process. Vote is a sacred trust, a right that I would never surrender. "
Abdullah said: "Those sitting pretty in the Presidential Palace or elsewhere should take responsibility for the present (electoral) crisis in Afghanistan." Despite rigging in the first round of the election on April 20, he had accepted the result, the runner added.
"But fraud in the runoff vote was committed at a massive scale that has endangered Afghanistan's integrity... I'll stoutly defend the right of those who have waited for me; it is my responsibility and I remain committed."
On the occasion, Abdullah's team played an audio tape on which former IEC secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel, Adam Khan Sirat and Paktia Governor Mohibullah Samim allegedly planned irregularities in the polls. Abdullah promised to release "more proofs of fraud" in the next few days.
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