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Afghan official says presidential poll results delayed again

An Afghan official says the results of the country’s presidential election held nearly two months ago are being delayed once again.

Spokesman for the Independent Election Commission Zabi Sadat didn’t explain the new postponement. The results were supposed to be announced on Thursday in Kabul.

There was no new date for the results.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, arrives for a gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

The Sept. 28 election has been mired in controversy. Both President Ashraf Ghani and his chief executive and co-head in the current unity government, Abdullah Abdullah, were running for president.

Abdullah last week said he was withdrawing his election observers from the ballot counting process. Sadat, the commission spokesman, said vote recounts were immediately suspended after Abdullah withdrew his observers.

Sadat also said the commission is holding emergency meetings to find a way out of the impasse.

Afghan election workers check ballot papers of September's presidential election during the recounting process of ballot papers at Independent Election Commission counting center, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Polling was held on Sept. 28, but the announcement of results repeatedly postponed after accusations of misconduct and technical issues with counting ballots.(AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks to his supporters during a gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan election workers check ballot papers of September's presidential election during the recounting process of ballot papers at Independent Election Commission counting center, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Polling was held on Sept. 28, but the announcement of results repeatedly postponed after accusations of misconduct and technical issues with counting ballots.(AP PhotoRahmat Gul)

Afghan election workers check ballot papers of September's presidential election during the recounting process of ballot papers at Independent Election Commission counting center, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Polling was held on Sept. 28, but the announcement of results repeatedly postponed after accusations of misconduct and technical issues with counting ballots. (AP PhotoRahmat Gul)