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Presidential runners discuss vote audit monitoring


Ghani-AbdullahPresidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai met in Kabul on Friday for the second time in less than a week.

Issues related to their recent agreement, ending weeks of political uncertainty in the country, came up for discussion during the confidence-building contact.
Fazil Hussain Sancharaki, spokesman for Abdullah’s campaign, told Pajhwok Afghan News Ghani visited the residence of the ex-foreign minister in Kabul in the afternoon.
He said the presidential hopefuls conferred on the ongoing vote audit, monitoring of the process, a review of results and appointment of the new IEC secretary.
Sancharaki added the two leaders had an identity of views on economic, security and political issues facing the country.
They decided to work in the near future on the contents of the agreement, which was brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry between the two parties. Sancharak said both sides had agreed on continued talks.
On Tuesday, Abdullah and Ghani met to discuss issues of common interest, including the current political situation. The hour-long meeting had taken place at Ghani’s residence in Kabul.
Under the Kerry-brokered deal, all eight million votes cast in the July 14 runoff will be audited in the presence of national and international observers, including the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Inauguration of new president was set for August 2, but the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged President Hamid Karzai to delay the ceremony pending the vote recount.

Source:Pajhwok news agency