BBC NEWS | South Asia | Recount clouds Karzai poll lead
Why is it that when fraud was declared in Iran the West was quick to condemn, yet when the same is declared in Afghanistan against a pro-Western administration, the government is silent?Latest results from Afghanistan's presidential election show President Hamid Karzai with 54.1% of the vote after 92% of polling stations declared.
The results push President Karzai past the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off with rival Abdullah Abdullah.
But the figures were thrown into doubt by the UN-backed election complaints commission ordering a number of recounts and audits of votes.
It warned that it had found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud".
The 20 August election has been overshadowed by claims against all the main candidates of fraud and ballot-box stuffing.
A credible election result was seen as a key objective for the West, as it continues its campaign against the Taliban.