Wednesday, 9 September 2009

A re-run of the Afghan election should not be ruled out

Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed concern about widespread reports of irregularities and fraud in the elections in Afghanistan.

"It is very important for the success of what our troops are doing in Afghanistan that the Afghan people accept the legitimacy of the Government", he said.

"It is vital that the Electoral Complaints Commission completes its work and that President Karzai does not declare victory before that work is done, even if it means delaying the provisional result of the election".

Hague added that if the Electoral Complaints Commission required some elections to be re-run then "that should happen", and said that a full second round of the election shouldn't be ruled out "if that proves necessary".

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