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Tally Continues In Afghan Presidential Election, Over One Million Votes Counted


More than one million votes have been counted, as tallying in Saturday’s presidential election has been continuing, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Sunday.

According to initial figures, 1,051,998 voters cast their votes in 2,597 polling centres out of 4,905, where election materials were dispatched the IEC said.

The statement added that the number of voters in 2,308 remaining centres and exact number of the election turnout will be shared with the media soon.

Over 9.4 million eligible voters registered to cast their votes during the polling. However, thousands of voters were deprived to vote, as election workers could not find their names in voters’ registration lists and biometric verification devices.

Fourteen out of the 18 registered hopefuls contested for the presidency with a fiveyear term, and among the candidates are sitting Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and government Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah.

Preliminary results of the poll will be announced on Oct 19, and the final results are expected on Nov 7, according to election timetable.