December 19, 2014
Afghanistan heads to a presidential runoff
The Afghanistan presidential election is poised to go to a runoff after the latest tally of votes released today showed neither former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah nor former finance minister Ashraf Ghani securing an outright majority.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said preliminary results based on nearly 82.6% of the vote from the 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 43.8%, followed by Ghani with 32.9%.
To win, a candidate must secure more than 50% of valid ballots. Failing that, the top two candidates go into a runoff.
Final results are due on May 14, and a runoff, if needed will take place in late May.