8 Apr 2010

Afghan election chiefs resign

6:05 am on 8 April 2010

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission and his deputy have resigned.

A spokesperson for President Hamid Karzai said commission president Azizullah Ludin's tenure had ended and that he did not want continue in the position.

Chief electoral officer Daoud Ali Najafi has also submitted his resignation.

The BBC reports the resignations follow international pressure over last year's presidential elections which were marred by fraud.

Mr Karzai won the election but the commission was criticised for failing to deal with widespread irregularities.

President Karzai's spokesman said on Wednesday that both resignations had been accepted and new appointments would be made.