News - Election 2014
Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Sunday said preliminary results from the prior day's presidential runoff election will be announced July 2, and final results on July 22.
The timeline report came the day after millions of Afghans voted for their next president, in what will mark the country's first democratic transition of power in history. IEC officials from a number of provinces discussed their efforts to gather materials from polling sites and get the vote counting process underway as quickly as possible.
The IEC Regional Director in the North, Izatullah Arman, said the process of transferring ballot boxes from outlying districts to the capital in Balkh had made headway less than 24-hours after polls closed.
"The transferring of the election materials has been started and at this point we have gathered materials from five districts of the province," he said.
Meanwhile, in southern Kandahar province, IEC provincial head Abdul Hadi said vote counting was already finished in every district and most result materials had arrived in the capital. "Only the materials of six districts are still on the way and will arrive soon," he added.
IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor, based at the commission's headquarters in Kabul, said that ballots and result sheets should be entirely transferred to provincial capitals nationwide "very soon".
On Saturday night, the IEC Chairman, Ahmed Yusuf Nuristani, announced that over seven million votes were cast during the runoff election, surprising many who estimated the turnout to be significantly lower than the first round.
In April, about 6.9 million votes ended up being counted and verified. The IEC experienced some delays during the process and was forced to push back its announcements of results on a number of occasions.