Afghanistan Voting

by Nathan Hamm on 10/25/2004

Hamid Karzai has won more than 50% of the vote, making a runoff unnecessary, and Yunus Qanuni has thrown in the towel.

A spokesman said the former education minister, Yunus Qanuni, would accept Mr Karzai’s victory, despite claims of irregularities in the 9 October election, agency reports say. “We accept in the interests of the nation, because we don’t want to face another crisis,” the spokesman added.

An expert panel is reviewing allegations of electoral fraud, and an official announcement declaring the winner is expected to take days. Mr Karzai has 4,240,041 votes so far, more than half of the estimated 8,129,935 valid votes cast. Some 7,666,529 votes – or 94.3 per cent of the total – had been counted by the time Mr Qanuni conceded, after gaining just 16.2 per cent of the votes.

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