Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the only serious rival of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the 2019 presidential election, has filed over 4,000 complaints over the preliminary presidential election results.

The Independent Election Commission announced the preliminary election results on Sunday, in which President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has secured the highest votes with 50.64% and Abdullah Abdullah has got 39.52% votes.

Hawa Alam Nuristani, the head of Independent Election Commission said the candidates have only 72 hours to file their complains with the Electoral Complaints Commission.

The ‘Stability and Convergence’ electoral team has filed over 4,000 complaints so far, most of which could be over the 300,000 controversial votes that have been counted by the IEC.

Abdullah’s supporters in 20 provinces protested against the 300,000 votes earlier this month and demanded invalidation by IEC.

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission office has said to review the complaints with full attention and high transparency and will share the results back with IEC within next five weeks.

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