Thursday, April 24, 2014

Afghan presidential election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off --- (Reuters) - The Afghanistan presidential vote is poised to go to a run-off, the election chief said on Thursday, after the latest tally of ballots showed neither Abdullah Abdullah nor Ashraf Ghani securing an outright majority. -- Former foreign minister Abdullah and ex-World Bank official Ghani have taken an insurmountable lead, but both are polling well under 50 percent with just over 82 percent of the vote counted, setting the stage for a second round between the pair in late May. -- "With the 17.5 percent of the votes that are going to be counted, it is doubtful that anyone will win in the first round," Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani told a news conference in Kabul. -- The final preliminary results are due to be released on Saturday, but that figure will exclude votes being investigated for fraud, numbering up to half a million ballots. Final results are due on May 14. - More, Hamid Shalizi and Jeremy Laurence, at:;postID=1188232923596118310


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