abdullah-ghaniThe Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said Wednesday that the second round of election between the leading candidates will be likely be delayed.

IEC Chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said the election commission would be unable to hold the election runoff between frontrunners Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai two weeks after the final results were announced.

Nuristani further added that IEC lacks the required election materials to hold the election runoff on specified time.

He said the materials were damaged following an attack by the Taliban militants on election commission headquarter late in March.

The election runoff between the leading candidates was expected to be organized on 28 May, two weeks after the release of final election results by election commission.

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan will release the final election results on 14 May after the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) completes it’s work to review the election complaints.

IEC released the preliminary vote results late last month which puts Abdullah Abdullah in the lead by securing 44.9 percent of the votes while Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai secured 31.5 percent of the votes.


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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.