Afghan President rejects poll rigging charges, urges Taliban to stop war

Afghan President rejects poll rigging charges, urges Taliban to stop war

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Kabul, Sep 29 : Ashraf Ghani, the incumbent Afghan president and candidate for re-election in the recent presidential vote in the country, said on Sunday that if any of the candidate has information about election fraud during the vote, they should file complaints with the relevant agencies.

In a video message, Mr Ghani called the election a success and congratulated the Afghan people for the same.

He also urged the Taliban, which carried out a number of deadly attacks across the country on election day, to stop the war and start working for peace, Sputnik reported his as saying.

Mr Ghani said the Afghan government had opened its doors for peace talks, but had delayed negotiations with the Taliban, a few days ago. The President also thanked the country's security forces, for ensuring security during the vote.

Earlier on Saturday, Afghan citizens voted to elect the country's president in an election that saw around 9.5 million people registered for casting their ballots. The Election Commission of Afghanistan, in turn, called 2019 presidential election as one of the most unprecedented, successful and transparent ones, held in the country, in the last 18 years.

Addressing the media at the end of the presidential election here on Saturday evening, IEC Chief Hawa Alam Nuristani said the poll was held successfully, amid high security and turnout across the country.

'There were biometric devices in 98.9 percent of ballot centers and Afghan forces were present in 99.9 percent of voting stations', Mr Nuristani said.

'We did have positive feedback from the foreign observers, despite challenges and threat,' she added, while admitting some technical issues in some parts, but vowed to address the complaints.(UNI)