US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appreciated Afghan voters, poll workers and security forces for making the presidential election possible despite security threats.
“We applaud the courage of Afghan voters, poll workers, and security forces who made Afghan elections possible despite technical challenges and security threats.”
Pompeo tweeted about the need for transparency in the election results and investigation into complaints.
“Afghanistan’s institutions must take all necessary steps to transparently tabulate results and investigate complaints,” the secretary of state wrote.
The preliminary results of Saturday’s vote would be announced on October 19, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said.
Recently, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of “Stability and Convergence” and the first running mate of the State-Builder team lead by President Ashraf Ghani have claimed victory in the presidential election held on 28th September. Both teams claimed of obtaining more votes.
Abdullah said; “Based on our assessments, we received more votes and the election won’t go to the second round and we will form the new government.”
Days ago, Ghani’s running mate, Amrullah Saleh said that Ghani had won a clear first-ballot victory, without offering evidence.
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