Independent Election Commission says it has canceled the presidential runoff,
originally scheduled for this Saturday. The announcement came a day after
President Hamid Karzai's challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah,
withdrew from the race. President Karzai's challenger, former foreign minister
Abdullah Abdullah said he could not accept a runoff overseen by the same people
who were in charge of the August 20th poll.
In that round of voting, international officials uncovered massive fraud,
mainly in President Karzai's favor. As a result, Mr. Karzai's victory fell
below 50 percent, requiring a runoff.
In an exclusive with VOA Bangla
Service Gary Thomas , the News Analyst from Voice of America says that
President Hamid Karzai needs to earn trust of his own people through his work
because his government’s name has been marred by corruption and inefficiencies
during his previous term .
Gary Thomas says , “ The only way
he can so that now is by performance, he has got to prove to the Afghan people
and to the international community that he is going to wipe out corruption ,
clean up the government” and get the Afghan Security forces trained to the
point that they can provide security for their people.
But Gary Thomas adds that these
are going to be very difficult task for Karzai . Although he has vowed to
remove corruption , he has not spelt out the way corruption would be removed.