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3543Afghan Election Commission Orders Runoff

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  • Greg Cannon
    Oct 20 5:39 AM

      Afghan Election Commission Orders Runoff
      Order Comes After Fraud Investigation
      HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press Writers
      Posted: 2:45 am MDT October 20, 2009
      Updated: 6:31 am MDT October 20, 2009

      KABUL -- Afghanistan's election commission has ordered a runoff election for Nov. 7 after a fraud investigation dropped President Hamid Karzai's votes below 50 percent of the total.

      Karzai accepted the fraud panel finding in a press conference and endorsed a runoff election.

      The chairman of the Independent Election Commission, Azizullah Lodin, said the commission did not want to "leave the people of Afghanistan in uncertainty" any longer.

      "The commission is agreed to go to a second round and say that nobody got more than 50 percent," Lodin said. Afghan electoral law says a runoff is needed if no candidate gets above that percentage.

      Lodin said all the materials are ready for the runoff.