#AceFinanceNews – Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer has resigned after allegations of massive fraud in the run-off presidential vote earlier this month, AP said. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said Monday that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down “for the national interest.”
One of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah has said his campaign had recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities.
He suspended cooperation with the vote counting process and demanded Amarkhail be suspended.
The stand-off has forced the main election commission to hold off on releasing partial results from the June 14 run-off vote that pitted Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former finance minister and World Bank official.
Whoever wins will lead the country as it undergoes a major transition from rule by President Hamid Karzai, the only leader it has known since the 2001 US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban.
He also will face a strong challenge to end violence and improve the economy despite a resilient Taliban insurgency and declining foreign aid.
Abdullah had said his campaign monitors had recorded ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities.
He suspended cooperation with the vote-counting process and demanded Amarkhail be suspended, claiming the electoral official helped engineer the vote-rigging.