Dr. Ashraf Ghani declared Next President, but final tally kept secret
This announcement came just hours after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing agreement to end two months of wrangling over accusations of vote fraud.
Kabul- (AE Report) The Independent Election commission declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the country’s president-elect on Sunday after an acrimonious dispute over ballot fraud, but did not give the final vote tally after a U.N.-monitored audit.
The announcement came hours after Dr. Ahmadzai and rival, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing agreement to end two months of bitter wrangling over accusations of fraud that undermined confidence in the election and emboldened the Taliban insurgency at a critical time when most foreign troops were preparing to leave.
Independent Election Commission chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani acknowledged grave flaws in the election process and said the U.N. audit could not detect all of it.
Nevertheless, he said that based on the official final tally of votes, the commission had a duty to declare a victor.
“The Independent Election Commission declares Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the President of Afghanistan, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as [Chief Executive],” Mr. Nuristani said.
He did not give the final percentages and took no questions.