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Cablegate: Kabul: August 26 Election Preliminary Results

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INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE

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DEPARTMENT FOR SRAP, SCA/FO, SCA/A, EUR/RPM
STATE PASS TO AID FOR ASIA/SCAA
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SUBJECT: KABUL: AUGUST 26 ELECTION PRELIMINARY RESULTS

REF: KABUL 2528

1. (U) Partial preliminary results of Afghan elections as announced
by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on August 26:

Cumulative votes counted (August 25 & 26): 998,484
Valid votes: 941,797
Invalid Votes (double marked or no candidate properly marked):
38,160

Vote Counts Per Candidate:

Karzai 422,137
Abdullah 330,711
Bashardost 108,158
Ghani 27,697
Yaseni 6,049
Mangal 4,631
Fana 4,465
Other candidates 37,949

2. (U) This count represents 17.2 percent of total polling
stations.


3. (U) Percent of stations counted per province (as of August 26):

Kabul 18 percent
Kapisa 46 percent
Parwan 56 percent
Wardak 41 percent
Logar 16 percent
Ghazni 10 percent
Paktika 0 percent
Paktya 18 percent
Khost 5 percent
Nangarhar 19 percent
Laghman 0 percent
Nuristan 2 percent
Badakhshan 3 percent
Takhar 25 percent
Konduz 0 percent
Balkh 0 percent
Baghlan 0 percent
Samangan 30 percent
Jowzhjan 80 percent
Sar-e-Pol 25 percent
Faryab 16 percent
Badghis 8 percent
Herat 1 percent
Farah 24 percent
Nimroz 0 percent
Helmand 0 percent
Kandahar 12 percent
Zabul 17 percent
Uruzgan 3 percent
Ghor 38 percent
Bamyan 30 percent
Panjshir 63 percent
Dai Kundi 27 percent

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4. (SBU) The most newsworthy event other than the release of the
tallies was provided by Basherdost, who before the press conference
began, stood up in the front row, brandished a copy of the election
law, and objected to the authority of the IEC to release the results
day by day. Dr. Najafi of the IEC quickly responded, brandishing
his own copy of the law, and asserting that the process was indeed
in compliance with the law.
EIKENBERRY

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