Afghan election workers count votes at their computer terminals at the Independent Election Commission headquarters in Kabul on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
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Afghan officials opened an investigation Monday after presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah made fraud claims that could threaten a smooth transition of power during a pivotal year.Abdullah also said the IEC's turnout figure of 7 million voters in Saturday's run-off election was probably false.A successful election is seen as the key test of the 13-year international military and aid effort in Afghanistan as the bulk of U.S.-led troops withdraw by the end of the year.The two candidates went through to the run-off after coming top in the eight-man first round race on April 5, when Abdullah secured 45 percent and Ghani scored 31.6 percent.The Taliban had threatened to kill voters and officials, saying the election was an American plot to control who governed Afghanistan.
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