In an announcement on Monday,
The preliminary result will include all votes from the
"There were some flaws to it but that's to be expected, he said, in a country like
"Some of the observers and even security officials, he said, were biased in favour of one candidate or the other."
Monday's announcement came after last-minute talks by the candidates in an effort to try and resolve a stand-off over the election outcome.
Ghani's camp said the two sides had agreed to audit an additional 7,100 polling stations to ensure the final result is clean but Abdullah's aides said the compromise was not final.
Both rounds of the vote to elect a successor to incumbent President
Abdullah, a former anti-Taliban fighter, claimed widespread fraud in the election.
He has accused Karzai of playing a role in the alleged vote-rigging in Ghani's favour and says he would accept the vote only if he saw firm evidence that fraudulent votes had been thrown out and the final result was clean.
Ghani attracts much of his support from the Pashtun tribes of the south and east, while Abdullah's loyalists are Tajiks and other northern Afghan groups -- echoing the ethnic divisions of the bloody 1992 to 1996 civil war.
The dispute over the election results comes as US-led troops end their 13-year war against the Taliban, and the country faces a new era with declining civilian aid.
In a statement released after the preliminary results were announced on Monday, the
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