Aug. 27, 2009, midnight
Election officials on Thursday announced they would not release further results from August 20’s Presidential election until Saturday. While the Independent Election Commission has not supplied a reason, problems with software are delaying vote-counting. According to one international election observer, a shortage of clerks and the size of the ballot are further driving delays. Based on results from 17 percent of polling stations, incumbent President Hamid KARZAI leads main challenger and former Foreign Minister Abdullah ABDULLAH with 43 to 34 percent of votes. Several candidates have lodged complaints about election processes with the Election Complaints Commission, and ABDULLAH’S campaign last Sunday filed more than 100 claims, calling the vote "widely rigged."