Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims. (Massoud Hossaini / AP)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The front-runner in Afghanistan’s runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims.
Abdullah Abdullah made the call Wednesday during a news conference.
Abdullah’s team has questioned what it has determined is a 1 million vote lead by Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the early tallies. Abdullah pointed out it is a dramatic increase from the first round that put him in the lead with 45 percent of the vote compared to 31.6 percent for his rival.
An initial turnout estimate suggested 7 million vote in Saturday’s vote, which would be 60 percent of the 12 million eligible voters and equivalent to the first round of voting on April 5.
The first initial results are not due until July 2, then final results on July 22.