UN envoy rejects allegations of partiality in Afghan election
The special envoy of UN Secretary General to Afghanistan Kai Eide has rejected the reported partiality in the Afghan presidential election as baseless, a statement released by his office said on Thursday, Xinhua reported.
"My silence is now being exploited, to a point where these allegations are impeding the ongoing election process. This is unacceptable. I have been motivated by my determination to make every effort to bring the election process to a conclusion," the statement added.
A number of politicians including Karzai's top rival Abdullah Abdullah questioned the role of UN top diplomat Eide in the Afghan presidential election.
Abdullah made this comment in the wake of Eide's deputy Peter Galbriath's sacking by his boss. The presidential candidate accused Eide of concealing the fraud in the election and siding with sitting president Hamid Karzai.
"The accusations that the United Nations has covered up or that I asked for fraud to be covered up are patently false. I intend to deal openly with all these allegations against the UN and myself relating to fraud and bias at the appropriate time," the statement quoted the top UN diplomat as saying.
In the preliminary result of the polls Karzai secured over 54 percent while his rival Abdullah bagged 28 percent of over 5.5 million votes.
The final result of the Afghan presidential election held on August 20 has yet to be announced.