Run-off: Coalition or competition?


On April 5, Afghanistan made history by voting in nationwide elections despite security concerns, threats from the Taliban and poor weather conditions.According to the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission, around 7 million Afghans voted in the elections. These elections are expected to provide a new Afghan leader in a peaceful transition.

While final results have yet to be announced, the primary results released by the commission reveals two front-runner candidates: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah with 44.9 percent and former finance minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 31.5 percent.

Both front runners are preparing for the second round as none of the candidates were able to secure a victory in the first round. According to the electoral complaint commission there are more than 700 grievances of fraud that may alter the election results.

However even accusations of fraud will not deter the election result because according to Afghan law, a run-off must be held within two weeks of the final results being announced.

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By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator 
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan April 30, 2014 5:00 am·