Afghan vote count impasse no closer to resolution, two months after poll Dec 09, 2019 0 227 12345 DPAKabulTwo months after presidential elections in Afghanistan, a meeting aimed at finding a solution on how to handle 300,000 disputed votes failed to bring about a breakthrough on Sunday.The votes could determine the winner of the race and finally end the political limbo the country was left in following the September 28 elections. The announcement of the results has been repeatedly delayed.Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) called the meeting with representatives of the presidential candidates, election observers, civil society groups and political parties.The meeting was aired live on several news channels and lasted around four hours.The main challenger to incumbent President Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, has tried to discredit the vote count process.He earlier demanded the IEC clarify and separate around 300,000 potentially fraudulent votes before a recount took place. Abdullah’s team believes those ballots should not be counted in the official results.The IEC, however, started the recount without setting aside those 300,000 disputed votes. That led to the recount being blocked by Abdullah’s followers - sometimes by force - in several provinces.In seven out of 34 Afghan provinces the recount could not be held. IEC commissioners on Sunday cited various technical reasons as to why they are unable to determine the validity of the 300,000 votes in question. RELATED ARTICLES 30,000 MONKS ATTEND MASS ALMS-GIVING IN MYANMAR Dec 09, 2019 0 555 At least 43 killed in ‘horrific’ factory fire in India’s capital Dec 09, 2019 0 979 UK’s Johnson leaves political future open in case of Tory defeat in Thursday’s vote Dec 09, 2019 0 620 Kim has ‘everything’ to lose with hostile acts, warns Trump AFP Washington President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un had “everything” to lose through hostility towards the United States, after Pyongyang said it had carried out a major new weapons .. Jury would convict Trump ‘in 3 minutes flat,’ says key lawmaker AFP Washington The chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee said on Sunday that if the impeachment case against President Donald Trump were put to a jury, there “would be a guilty verdict in three minutes flat.” .. Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said on Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island. The Malaysian health ministry’s .. Pope gives plum job to Filipino cardinal tipped as possible successor Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday promoted Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, a man tipped as one of his possible successors, to a key position within the Vatican administration. Tagle was appointed head of the .. Scotland would vote for independence if Brexit goes ahead London: Scotland would vote in favour of independence if Brexit goes ahead, but would vote to against it if Britain remains in the European Union, according to a poll released on Sunday. The poll, conducted on behalf of the ..