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2 September 2014
UNAMA pledges to attend any issues emerging in the technical electoral process; Reforms and Partnership warns to boycott the election if demands are not met by UN and Ahmadzai; Abdullah’s camp reveals evidences of alleged electoral fraud; IEC decided over 57 per cent of votes – Noor; Candidates, Finance Minister assess economic situation; Kabul expects NATO to provide US$ 5.5 billion annually for security forces; 70 per cent of murders and violence related to land disputes – UN.
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1 September 2014
UN envoy, US ambassador briefs President Karzai about electoral audit process; Karzai to remain in office until new president’s inauguration – spokesman; UN vows to continue responding to new technical issues and concerns during the vote audit process; Presidential spokesman rebuffs reports that Afghan delegation would sign an agreement with NATO in Wales; No joint communiqué on Afghanistan in Wales summit – NATO’s civilian envoy; Some decisions of traditional Jirgas are against women – Women’s Ministry’s official; IECC chief warns of more crisis if Karzai leaves the Palace before the inauguration; Run-off results to be announced in the next five days – IEC chief; IEC invalidates 236 ballot boxes; Presidential teams accuse each other of disrupting talks between candidates; Defence Minister to participate in the upcoming NATO summit; Haqqania Madrasa the biggest training centre for the Taliban; Digital TV broadcasting begins in Kabul.
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31 August 2014
UN envoy briefs run-off candidates about electoral audit process; IEC says audit of 19,047 ballot boxes have been completed; Ahmadzai’s team logs 15 complaints against invalidation of 75 ballot boxes by IEC; Extension of NATO’s presence in Afghanistan should be authorized by UN – Russian envoy to NATO; Taliban claims responsibility of killing of 11 people in Farah; Local security forces take full control of Do Ab district in Nuristan; IEC calls for increase of UN experts to expedite the audit; HIA warns to stop business activities if result is not announced; ANA faces shortage of weapons in Sangin; More than 2,300 children born defected in recent years; Father sells his daughter to pay his marriage expenses; Translators stage protest in front of US embassy in Kabul, demand visas.
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30 August 2014
Abdullah’s team says it has presented thousands of evidences of electoral fraud to international poll observers; UK PM asks Abdullah to attend upcoming NATO summit; Electoral teams say they are prepared to participate in NATO summit; Iran deports up to 150,000 illegal Afghan refugees every month – minister; Economy Minister says Afghanistan will reach economic self-sufficiency in ten years; Run-off candidates, UN envoy and a top US official to meet on Saturday – report; IEC invalidates 69 ballot boxes; IEC calls for more UN staff, international poll observers; Electoral teams differ on authorities of chief executive; TEFA calls for no more delay in announcement of poll results; NATO’s summit will make weak decisions about Afghanistan if is not represented by new president – expert; 900 people die, 1,100 wounded during recent armed clashes in Sangin – governor; Released top al-Qaeda commander leads Taliban group in Kunduz – police; Faryab governor accuses ISI of harming relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
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29 August 2014
UN rules out audit completion by 2 September; Vote results to be ready in few days, says IEC; Paktya governor criticizes government, international community for their silence about Abdullah’s demands; Next president asked to bolster security; Districts cleared from the militants in Nuristan and Kunduz provinces; Head of Nuristan peace committee gunned down; Expelled American reporter compares Hamid Karzai’s authorities to a dictator; Street protesters urge UN to halt Israeli’s bombardment on Palestinians; UN asks President Karzai to delay inauguration of new president for one month; UN envoy says electoral audit will be finished on 10 August; IEC to adjudicate 3,000 checklists on Friday; US special envoy arrives in Kabul to play role in conclusion of electoral process; Civil society activists warn candidates to face public uprising; MPs call for Afghanistan’s representation at NATO’s upcoming summit; Armed men rape four women in Kabul; Released Taliban lead fighting in northern provinces.
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28 August 2014
Premature to draw conclusions about audit result: US; UN wants presidential runner to rejoin vote audit; Audit process to continue without candidates; Ghani accepts UN call as Abdullah walks out; Afghans set to take control of NATO base; Several projects launched in Nangarhar, Wardak; Children, women among 16 injured in blasts; Abdullah’s withdrawal unfair-Haysom; Audit process resumes; UNAMA ready to address Abdullah’s concerns; Votes from 75 polling sites annulled; Obama calls on candidates to stick to agreements; We will never return to the audit process- Mohaqiq; Candidates’ talks with Karzai fail; ISI leads the Afghan war - NDS; Taliban resumes fighting in Sangin.
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27 August 2014
Ahmadzai’s team says UN has asked for postponement of electoral audit process until Friday, urges UN not to accept demands of a particular team; UN highlights exceptional levels of consultation and joint oversight of the electoral audit; Run-off candidates meet President Karzai; Afghan leaders need to make hard compromise for the sake of their country's future and security – President Obama; Afghanistan to refer to UNSC to seek international support to halt cross-border shelling; UK pledges to renew its commitment to continuously supporting Afghanistan at upcoming NATO’s summit. NATO expects Afghanistan’s new president to attend NATO’s upcoming summit; IEC says, electoral process to continue even if it is abandoned by one of electoral contesting teams; Abdullah’s electoral team threatens to pull out of election process; Votes of 16,800 ballot boxes audited, 72 ballot boxes invalidated.
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26 August 2014
President Karzai to meet run-off candidates on Tuesday evening; MP claims that all resources in the treasury was spent for Ahmadzai’s electoral campaigns; Presidential spokesperson says New York Times’ reporter was expelled based on collective decision by President, chiefs of security organs and run-off candidates; Fighting resumes in Sangin; Pakistani forces fire 25 rockets into Kunar – official. Run-off candidates to meet President Karzai again to discuss new president’s inauguration date; IEC vote invalidation process not to be used as tool by electoral teams for seeking privileges, warns election observing bodies; Abdullah’s team says IEC’s figures of over 8 million votes cast in run-off is not accurate; IECC ready to register electoral complaints.
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25 August 2014
President Karzai rules out further delay for run-off result announcement; MoFA dismisses Pakistan claims that NDS attempts to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan; US says that Afghan authorities informed about release of Pakistani prisoners from Bagram; ACBAR urges parties to refrain from hostile acts against aid workers; Government, UNAMA express concern about delay in the electoral process; Presidential Palace denies NYT’s report about involvement of Government in electoral fraud; Electoral camps provide contradictory information about agreements made between candidates; Candidates to meet again on Tuesday; IEC vows to finish vote audit process very soon, start vote invalidation process on Monday; Afghan Government criticizes US release of Pakistani inmates from Bagram; 15 people wounded as a result of twin blasts in Kabul.
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24 August 2014
Normal vote audit process ends today – IEC official; Cooperation vital for early audit completion – UN; UN urges campaigns to cooperate with audit process; US defends Pakistani inmates’ release; There is no possibility for extension of deadline set for new president’s inauguration – President Karzai; Drone attack kills four civilians in Logar; Anti-Taliban resistance staged in Kunduz, Kunar; Government supporting domestic international media’s free activities in Afghanistan - Spokesperson Faizi; Number of illegal migrants to Iran soars; Insurgents storm ALP posts in Takhar, nine dead; IEC says it will announce final results of election in ten days if vote audit process is not sabotaged; IECC chief accuses the run-off candidates of creating problems in the vote audit process; Army official says troops will use heavy and light weapons, seek NATO’s support against militants; Provincial office of High Peace Council in Kunduz demands release of a Taliban commander, says police; Defense Minister expresses regret over disapproval of BSA; Candidates agree on authorities of chief executive, President Obama holds separate telephone calls with candidates; Pakistan fires 80 rockets into Kandahar – official.
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