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Ghani ahead of Abdullah in preliminary results

Ghani ahead of Abdullah in preliminary results

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Jul 08, 2014 - 10:19

KABUL (Pajhwok) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) finally announced the preliminary results of the presidential vote on Monday, with Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai taking lead over his rival.

Addressing a well-attended news conference in Kabul, IEC Chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani unveiled the long-awaited outcome after a five days delay. He said 8.109493 million ballots had been found valid.

The initial results showed the turnout in the second round of the election had been around 60 percent -- 38 percent of them women. Under the constitution, a candidate securing more ballots in the runoff election is declared a winner.

None of the runners could secure more than 50 percent of votes in the first round on April 5. Ahmadzai secured a total of 4485888 votes or 56.4 percent while Abdullah got 3461639 ballots of 43.6 percent in the second round.

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