UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday hailed the decision of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept the runoff elections on Nov. 7, saying the United Nations will do its utmost to help the war-torn country to conduct a fair and transparent elections. Ban, who read a statement to the press at UN Headquarters in New York, said, I warmly welcome the statement today by President Hamid Karzai concerning the presidential elections in Afghanistan. He has made it clear that the constitutional process must be respected. This process is about the future of Afghanistan and participation of the Afghan people in their future, the statement said. The UN chief told reporters the second round vote should be monitored more closely to deter fraud as far as security allows and that the vote should be free and fair as well as transparent. I commend the President Karzai for the leadership ha has displayed and for his commitment to ensuring full respect of Afghanistans constitution and its democratic processes, Ban said. He also commended Karzais rival, Abdullah Abdullah, for his dignified approach to the electoral campaign and the Afghan commissions responsible for the August 20 presidential election. These elections were held under extremely difficult and even dangerous circumstances, Ban said. The courage and patience demonstrated by the Afghan people and their leaders must be recognized and applauded. They have voted in the face of intidimation and insecurity, the UN leader said. The run-off, between Mr. Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, was announced today, after the UN-backed panel investigating claims of fraud submitted its findings to the countrys top electoral authority. On Monday, the Electoral Complaints Commission, which was tasked with auditing suspicious ballot boxes and other complaints related to the 20 August elections, submitted its findings to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which organized the polls. Based on its findings, the ECC ordered the IEC to invalidate 210 polling stations around the country where the panel found clear and convincing evidence of fraud.