Chairman of the Afghan Election Commission Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani speaks during a press conference in Kabul July 7, 2014. Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was in lead according to the preliminary election results announced by the commission on Monday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is in lead as Afghan presidential Election Committee announced the preliminary results on Monday.
However, Abdullah's team termed the results as illegitimate, saying no decision of the Election Commission is acceptable unless the transparency is ensured in the election process.
"Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai secured 56.44 percents of more than 8 million votes in the presidential runoff held on June 14, while his contender Abdullah Abdullah garnered 43.56 percent," Chairman of the Election Commission Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani said at a press conference here.
He also said that more than 8 million people cast their votes in the June 14 presidential runoff between Abdullah and Ghani Ahmadzai.
Abdullah, who secured 45 percent of some 7 million votes in April 16 presidential elections against his rival Ghani Ahmadzai, has already suspended his engagement with the Election Commission, saying any decision taken by the election body is unacceptable unless and until the clean votes are filtered from the faked ones.
Meanwhile, Abdullah's second vice president designate Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq in talks with local media rejected the results of the presidential runoff as illegal, saying election commission's decision would have no legitimacy unless the clean votes from the faked ones are filtered.
He also warned of dire consequences if the demands of Abdullah' s team aren't met.
Moreover, a spokesman of Abdullah's team in the race, Mujib Rahman Rahimi told local television Tolo that, "what has been announced by the Election Commission as preliminary result of the elections is illegitimate and is not acceptable to us." Rahimi also warned of dire consequences if the demands of Abdullah's team were overlooked.
However, he didn't say what action Abdullah's team would take, but added, "All options within the framework of the constitution and the traditions is on desk."
"We defend the rights of those people cast votes and we defend the rights of those people whose fingers were cut off by Taliban for casting votes in the presidential runoff on June 14," Rahimi said.
KABUL, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The deadlock in the presidential election in Afghanistan has emboldened the Taliban and other militant groups to wage armed attacks in several parts of the country, according to local analysts here.
Afghanistan's presidential elections was held on April 5 with the objective to have new president and stabilize the country, but since no candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the votes, the race went for the runoff between two leading candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Full story