KABUL, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Afghan presidential election is likely to go into run-off as none of the presidential hopefuls could obtain more than 50 percent of the votes, analysts believe.
Abdullah Abdullah is leading other Afghan presidential candidates as 82.5 percent of votes have been counted, chairman of election commission Mohammad Yusuf Nuristani told a press conference here Thursday.
"Altogether 5,857,442 votes have been counted so far and Abdullah is ahead with 43.8 percent of the votes, while Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai ranked second with 32.9 percent and Zalmai Rassoul secured the third position with 11.1 percent," Nuristani said.
More than 7 million out of some 12 million eligible voters had cast ballots in April 5 presidential election amid Taliban threat of violence and tight security.
Eight politicians had joined the presidential race to succeed outgoing president Hamid Karzai, who has ruled Afghanistan since the Taliban regime was ousted in late 2001.
To secure victory, a candidate must win more than 50 percent of valid ballots. Otherwise, the top two candidates will go into a runoff.
"Still some 17.5 percent of the votes have remained uncounted and after the counting is finished we will announce the preliminary result on Saturday," Nuristani added.
The final official result of the election will be announced on May 14 after examination of all complaints registered with the election complaints commission.
"Since none of the presidential runners has secured over 50 percent of the votes, the run-off is a natural fact between the two front runners," political analyst Mia Gul Wasiq observed in an interview with local media.
However, spokesman for the election commission, Noor Mohammad Noor, cautioned not to jump to a conclusion.
"It is too early to say that the election will be going into the second round," he said.
Both Abdullah and his top rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai have said they are ready for run-off if the "transparent results" of the election require.
"Although it is difficult to predict a second round, the positions and the percentages of votes secured by the presidential hopefuls so far has made the run-off possible," political analyst and former presidential contender Bashir Bezhan maintained in a television discussion.
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Abdullah leads Afghan presidential race
KABUL, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Abdullah Abdullah is leading other Afghan presidential candidates as over 80 percent of votes have been counted, chairman of election commission Mohammad Yusuf Nuristani told a press conference here Thursday.
"Altogether 5 million and 857,442 votes have been counted so far and Abdullah has obtained 43.8 percent, while Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai ranked second with 32.9 percent and Zalmai Rassoul secured the third position with 11.1 percent of the votes," Nuristani said. Full story