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Accuracy More Important Than Speed As Vote Count Continues: Alice Wells

WASHINGTON- The US on Thursday called for restraint as Afghans wait for election results, saying the delay was necessary to ensure a fair count.
Alice Wells, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said after her visit to Kabul that all major candidates had vowed to accept the results.
“I stressed the need for a transparent and credible tallying process and for the ability of Afghanistan’s electoral institutions to lead the process without pressure or interference,” she told reporters after returning to Washington.
“At this stage, accuracy in tabulating the results is more important than speed, and I encouraged all candidates to exercise restraint and to await the official announcement of election results,” she said.
Preliminary results from the presidential election were expected to be reported on October 19 but were delayed by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC).
IEC chief Hawa Alam Nuristani in a press conference in Kabul that the delay would “further ensure the transparency of the [electoral] process” and “restore the people’s confidence in it.”
“Unfortunately, because of some technical issues and for transparency, we could not announce the results based on the election timetable,” she said.
(Sahar News)

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