Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 27, 2014. Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was declared the second winner in preliminary results, said he was ready to take part in runoff elections if the polls take place. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was declared the second winner in preliminary results on Sunday, said he was ready to take part in runoff elections if the polls take place.
The third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001 was held on April 5.
On Saturday, the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results, with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the lead with 44.9 percent of the votes, followed by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who obtained 31.5 percent and Dr. Zalmai Rassoul who won 11.5 percent.
"The data by election body shows that there is no clear winner in the first round. A runoff is imminent. We are going to the second round with strong determination," Ghani told reporters at a press briefing here.
In total, 6,892,816 of some 12 million eligible voters cast their ballots in the April 5 presidential elections amid Taliban threat of violence and tight security.
To secure an outright victory, a candidate must win more than 50 percent of valid ballots. Otherwise, the top two candidates will go into a runoff.
He also blamed the IEC for some weakness during the first round of polls.
"We are ready; I know the people are also ready for second round election. The second round of election is a new opportunity for national unity," Ghani, the former finance minister said.
If someone find fraud votes in his account, he is ready to thrown it away, he noted.
The final result of the presidential elections is scheduled to be announced on May 14 after the complaints are examined.
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.
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