Monday, October 18, 2004

Karzai with 62.6%

Hamid Karzai leads the Afghanistan election:

Afghanistan's presidential vote count has passed one million ballots with incumbent Hamid Karzai firmly in the lead, according to the country's electoral commission web site.

As of 9:30am (local time), the commission had received preliminary results from 30 of 34 provinces for the landmark October 9 vote, about 13 per cent of ballots cast, said the website run by the joint UN-Afghan election body.

Mr Karzai was the pre-election favourite and has scored 62.6 per cent of the vote, followed by his chief rival and former education minister Yunus Qanooni on 17.7 per cent.


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