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Afghan Election Audit Awaits Invalidation Terms

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Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani announce an audit plan in Kabul on July 12, 2014.

Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani announce an audit plan in Kabul on July 12, 2014.

Afghanistan's independent election commission reported nearly 60 percent of the presidential runoff ballot boxes have arrived at its Kabul headquarters for auditing, a spokesman said.

However, Noor Mohammad Noor admitted Friday that a week after the audit of the 8.1 million votes from last month's contested presidential runoff, "not a single vote has been invalidated." He said there were no invalidations because "there is no invalidation procedure in place yet."

Noor said the commission was in talks with the United Nations Friday on proposed criteria for the invalidation process.

In a deal mediated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, rival Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani agreed to a full U.N.-supervised audit of the entire runoff poll and committed to abide by the final results.

Millions of Afghans took part in the first round of presidential elections April 5, defying threats of violence by the Taliban. Election authorities claimed the turnout was even higher in the June 14 runoff vote. Abdullah led the first round but trails in preliminary second round results that put Ghani in the lead by about one million votes.

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