Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani won the majority of votes in September elections, according to the final results by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).
In a solemn televised event, IEC head Hawa Alam Nuristani read out the results for the candidates who polled the presidential votes.
She said Ghani received 923,592 votes- (50.64%) and Abdullah 720,841 votes (39.52%), Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Jihadi leader, received 70241votes (3.85%), Rahmatullah Nabil, a former national intelligence chief, received 33919-(1.86%).
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s team pulled out of the election process a few hours ago. “Neither the institution called IEC has legitimacy in our eyes, nor the result they might announce. Reason is clear to all as much as the sun is. Time will show justice to all of these injustices done,” A member of Abdullah team tweeted.
Abdullah, who serves as the country’s chief executive in a fragile national unity government, has repeatedly alleged that the vote was marred by fraud and technical difficulties.
This comes as in the initial election results announced in December, the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani secured 50%-plus-one-vote, the minimum rate required to win the polls, in the first round, leaving no ground for a rerun.
Ghani’s main rival, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah came second with 39.5% of votes and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar gained 3.8% of the total vote cast.