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Afghans want end to election chaos

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Posters for rival presidential candidates can be seen in Kabul days after the disputed election. (Source: CBS) Posters for rival presidential candidates can be seen in Kabul days after the disputed election. (Source: CBS)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (CBS) - Afghans are hoping for a fair election result to end the current chaotic situation in country's presidential election.

In the northern part of Kabul, the stronghold for Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah, some local residents still support their candidate even though Abdullah lagged behind in the preliminary results of the presidential runoff. They said that they believe the other candidate committed fraud during the election.

"I don't want our rights to be trampled on. Many people have lost their lives for this election. Some people's fingers have been cut off (by Taliban). We don't want any fake ballots to be mixed into the results," said Hasibullah Qaderi, an Abdullah supporter.

Abdullah on Tuesday rejected the preliminary results of the presidential runoff announced Monday, saying he is the winner and the people of Afghanistan want him to announce a government.

In the eastern part of Kabul, the stronghold for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, his supporters said Abdullah needs to respect the country's constitution and accept Ghani's win.

"(Abdullah) needs to accept the election results and his failure. He needs to respect the Constitution of Afghanistan and work together with Ashraf Ghani to rebuild Afghanistan," said Mamoor Jan, a supporter of Ghani.

Most of Afghans hope for an agreement between two sides as soon as possible to end the current chaotic political situation in the country.

"Democracy does not have deep roots in this country. So I prefer that there should be kind of united government or coalition government in Afghanistan. Otherwise, there will not be anywhere for resolving this crisis," said Abdul Hafeez, a local resident.

"Especially for those countries which have interests with Afghanistan. If their interests are guaranteed, then the election will run smoothly and everyone will do their job," said Shamsulhaq, another local resident.

In the preliminary results of the June 14 presidential runoff announced by the election commission on Monday, Abdullah garnered 43.56 percent of the more than eight million votes, while Ghani secured 56.44 percent.

Posters of both candidates could still be seen in the busy capital.

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