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UN says audit of Afghanistan's disputed election won't be done until Sept. 10

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.

The announcement by Jan Kubis came after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Thursday.

PHOTO: Afghan election commission workers sort ballots for an audit of the presidential run-off votes in front of international observers at an election commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.  One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan election commission workers sort ballots for an audit of the presidential run-off votes in front of international observers at an election commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

The United Nations has been helping supervise an audit of eight million ballots from the country's presidential election to see who will succeed Karzai.

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are both vying for the job in a fiercely contested race that has seen widespread allegations of fraud.

Karzai has been pushing for the new president to be inaugurated on Sept. 2, two days ahead of a NATO summit to be held in Wales.

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