Afghan Runoff Set for Nov. 7

Karzai accepts results of UN-backed recount
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 20, 2009 7:37 AM CDT
An Afghan man looks at a newspaper with the news about the election results at a market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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(Newser) – Afghanistan's election commission has ordered a runoff election for Nov. 7 after a fraud investigation dropped President Hamid Karzai's votes below 50% of the total. Karzai accepted the fraud panel finding in a press conference and endorsed a runoff election. The Independent Election Commission said it 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%," the chairman said. Afghan law requires a runoff vote if no candidate wins a simple majority.