posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 07:57 AM
With 55 percent of the vote, U.S.-backed interim leader Hamid Karzai, is the clear winner in the Afganistan election according to an official. While
some ballots remin to be counted, they will not effect the outcome of the election.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Counting in Afghanistan's presidential election concluded Tuesday, with U.S.-backed interim leader Hamid Karzai the clear
winner, a senior official said.
Investigators were still examining about 100 ballot boxes to clear up lingering fraud allegations, but the election's chief technical officer said the
count was effectively "over and done."
"It's just these last dribs and drabs to be approved," David Avery told The Associated Press. "It's really nothing that can affect the outcome."
Election officials have said they will not announce the official results of the Oct. 9 vote until investigations into irregularities alleged by
Karzai's main rivals have been concluded. That could be this weekend.
The winner will be inaugurated in about a month.
Final results were not posted on the election Web site, either. But in an earlier tally based on 97.7 percent of total votes cast, the U.S.-backed
Karzai had 55.4 percent, which was 39 percentage points ahead of his closest challenger, former Education Minister Yunus Qanooni
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The ballots are part of an investigation to allay fears of tampering. However, an official announcments would wait pending that investigation.
Karzai is 39 percent ahead of his nearest rival and will aviod a runoff election for his 5 year term of office.