Ahmadzai bags 55.27pc of votes, Abdullah 44.73pc
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has won 3935567 votes, or 55.27 percent of the ballots cast in the mid-June presidential elections, whose result is expected today (Sunday).
An Independent Election Commission (IEC) official confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that Dr. Abdullah Abdullah had 3185018 votes according to the final tally.
With 44.73 percent of the 7120585 votes, Abdullah trails his rival by 755549 ballots, said the IEC official, who did not want to be named. The ex-foreign minister did well in 16 provinces.
He beat his opponent in Kapisa, Parwan, Ghazni, Nuristan, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Balkh, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Bamyan, Panjsher and Daikundi.
On the other hand, the former World Bank economist mauled Abdullah in Kabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktika, Paktia, Khost, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Nimroz, Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan.
Also an ex-finance minister, Ahmadzai earned the highest number of votes in Kabul -- 432050. Abdullah bagged 413724 ballots in the central capital. He also led in Herat 313682 votes.
Significantly, Ahmadzai stood out in the eastern, southern and southeastern Pakhtun heartland. He won as many 295930 votes in Nangarhar, 341779 in Khost and 223964 in Kandahar.
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