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India Welcomes Afghan Presidential Elections, Non Committal on Ghani’s Lead

Published Dec 23, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

In response to a query on Afghan Presidential elections, the Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on 23 December, “We welcome the announcement of the preliminary results of the Presidential election of Afghanistan held on 28 September and commend all the leaders and institutions for their hard work to preserve and strengthen democracy in the country.

We expect that the complaints would be addressed through the prescribed legal processes so that the final results are declared in timely manner.

We hope that the Afghan leaders and other stakeholders will work together to further strengthen the democratic polity and to fight the serious challenges of terrorism facing the country.

India remains committed to work with the people and Government of Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism and in its pursuit of socio-economic development.”

Hawa Alam Nuristani, the head of Independent Election Commission announced, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has secured 923,868 out of 1,824,401 votes casted which makes almost 50.64%. Over 50 percent votes are necessary in the first round to be declared as the winner, otherwise there is a run off between the first two candidates winning the largest votes.

Ghani’s main rival Abdullah Abdullah got 720,099 votes which makes 39.52% of the total votes casted.

Other candidates won below 5 % of the votes. Gulbduddin Hekmatyar with 70,243 (3.85%), Rahmatullah Nabil with 33921 (1.86%) and Faramarz Tammana with 18,066 (0.99%) votes respectively stand on 3rd, 4th and 5th places.

India has remained non committal on the success of Dr Ashraf Ghani given that the final results have yet to be announced. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had developed close relationship with Dr Ghani during his tenure as the President.

Traditionally India has been close to Dr Abdullah Abdullah a representative of the erstwhile Northern Alliance supported by New Delhi during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan in the 1990’s

Given that the outcome is only a preliminary a reaction on the same was not anticipated