preliminary Afghan vote resultsThe Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released preliminary Afghan vote results on Saturday.

Abdullah Abdullah secured 44.9% of votes, Dr. Ashraf Ghani 31.5%, Zalmai Rassoul 11.5% and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf 7.1% of the votes.

Qotbuddin Helal got 2.7% of votes, Gul Agha Sherzoi got 1.6%, Daud Sultanzoi 0.5% and Hedayat Amin Arsala 0.2% of the votes.

Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief, Yousuf Nuristani said 19,431 polling stations out of 20561 were open during elections day on April 5.

Mr. Nuristani furhter added that votes of 810 polling stations were recounted in 34 provinces while votes of 525 polling stations were cancelled.

According to Nuristani, around 6,892,816 people including 64% male voters and 36% female voters had casted their votes in April 5 elections. 

He said the election will likely go to the second round however it will become clear once the independent electoral complaints commission (ECC) completes its work.

The final official result is set to be announced on May 14 after a period for adjudication of hundreds of complaints over alleged fraud.


  • 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.