UNAMA Welcomes Partial Election Results
KABUL – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed Sunday’s partial election results as a step towards the completion of the electoral process. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that the results are based on the tally of 10 percent of the results from 26 provinces out of 34.
“While the release of partial results is a welcome step in the process, it only provides a first snapshot that will regularly be updated by the IEC until all result forms from every polling station have been tabulated and verified,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “Until the final results are announced by the IEC, stakeholders should be careful in drawing premature conclusions so as not to create inaccurate expectations.”
He added that presidential candidates and their supporters should be patient as tallying of votes is still underway. Mr. Kubiš reiterated that under Afghan law, the IEC and ECC are responsible for the management, adjudication and release of official results of elections. He calls upon all stakeholders to respect these institutions’ independence and mandated authority as they complete this important task.
The IEC Chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said the results announced today count for 26 out of 34 provinces of Afghanistan, representing 500,000 of the estimated seven million ballots. According to the results, Abdullah Abdullah is ahead with 41.9 percent with Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai trailing at 37.6 percent, Zalmai Rassoul in third with 9.8 percent and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf falling behind with 5.1 percent.
In a press conference on Sunday, Abdullah Abdullah said the result is just a highlight for what is to come. “These results are preliminary because results from eight other provinces are still missing,” Abdullah said. “Today’s result indicates that the election might not go into a second round.” Eight provinces were not included in the partial results: Paktika, Wardak, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Ghor, Nuristan and Daikondi. (Tolonews)