By: Lailuma Noori
After three months delay in announcement of the 28 Sep Presidential Elections, Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced preliminary results of the election and made the people happy.
Hours after the announcement of preliminary results by IEC, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, addressing a gathering at the Presidential Palace, said the time had gone when some people would rule over the people by the force of guns. Anyone still thinking of such a situation was living in a dream, he added. He asked other electoral teams to pay respect to the election laws and accept the results happily.
People in various provinces of the country have welcomed the announcement of preliminary results from the September presidential election, but criticized the outcome’s prolonged delay.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has won the September 28 Presidential Election by securing 50.64 percent of the votes, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Sunday.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah stood second with 39.52 percent of the votes, the commission said while unveiling the long-delayed preliminary results.
About a million of the initial 2.7 million votes were thrown out due to anomalies, causing in part the lowest turnout in any election in the country.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has also welcomed the announcement of preliminary results from the presidential election.
The UN mission has lauded the work of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), leading up to the announcement.
“On September 28, the Afghans accepted security threats to cast their votes for a better future; those voters deserve to be commended for carrying out their civic duty,” said the UN secretary-general’s special representative.
In a statement, Tadamichi Yamamoto said: “Now, all Afghan authorities and actors must demonstrate their commitment to safeguard and complete the election, and to protect the integrity of the final stage of the process.”
Any decisions taken by the electoral bodies in the final stage of the process must have clear legal and technical justifications and should be explained to the people in clear terms, he stressed
The UNAMA underscored the importance of an orderly process, conducted with care and sensitivity, leading up to the announcement of the final results.
The mission called the election process a joint responsibility of all stakeholders, including the electoral panels and the candidates, as well as media and civil society. The US ambassador to Afghanistan has also commended the election panels for announcing the preliminary results from the presidential vote. Meanwhile, in a statement, the French embassy valued the work of the election management bodies, civil society and security forces in organizing the process.
It is worth mentioning that fourteen out of the 18 registered hopefuls contested for the presidency with a five-year term in the polls held on Sept. 28. The preliminary results were supposed to be announced on Oct. 19, but they were delayed following audit and recount of votes amid reports of irregularities.