Election officials in Afghanistan have called for a recount of at least ten percent of votes in the presidential election amid claims of fraud. According to UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission some 2,500 polling stations are concerned with every province affected. Several Afghan and foreign observers reported irregularities of varying scales, such as voter intimidation and rigging, when the ballot took place last month.
There have also been reports of serious tensions within the UN mission and the Afghan election commission over the issue of electoral fraud. The impact and timing of the recount remains uncertain as the number of spoiled ballots is unknown, however opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah only needs a few percent points to force a second round.He has 28 per cent of the vote compared to the incumbent Hamid Karzai who has 54 per cent with 95 per cent of the vote counted.