Abdullah Claims Fraud, Calls for Halt in Afghan Vote Count

Breaks Ties With Electoral Commission

Presumptive presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah has suspended all contact with Afghanistan’s electoral commission today, demanding the process of counting the run-off votes be halted.

Abdullah claims evidence of ballot-stuffing by the outgoing Karzai government on behalf of his opponent, saying the commission should investigate that evidence before doing the count.

Afghan elections are notoriously crooked, and Abdullah withdrew from the 2009 runoff before it was held, citing corruption among election officials and the Karzai government’s refusal to implement reforms.

But after coming in the strong first place winner in the April vote, Abdullah was considered virtually president-elect. Though the election commission has yet to issue any figures, the allegations suggest Abdullah isn’t doing nearly as well as he expected in the run-off against Ashraf Ghani.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.