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article imageHamid Karzai leads in first presidential poll in Afghanistan

By Andrew Moran     Aug 26, 2009 in World
Afghanistan Presidential incumbent Hamid Karzai is leading in the first released poll after the election on Thursday with Abdullah Abdullah.
The first official results show current Afghan President Hamid Karzai with 212,927 votes or 40.6 per cent and the former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah with 202,889 votes or 38.6 per cent, according to Time, however, numbers released are just the first ten per cent of votes.
The other 90 per cent will be tallied within the next several days. Daud Najafi, the independent election commission's Chief Electoral Officer said, "This is partial results of about 10 per cent of the overall vote. This will definitely change tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. This is only partial results."
Nothing can be determined and no clear winner can be established, at least according to Martine van Bijlert, an analyst at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, "It's too early to say anything at the moment."
Richard Holbrooke, United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, stated the same message, "You don't call it with 10 per cent. It's too early to call."
Afghanistan Presidential Candidate Doctor Abdullah Abdullah urged his supporters to remain calm throughout this process, "It's such a small sample. They are separated by 10,000 and we have only had ten per cent of the vote. I'm urging the Afghans to be calm and to be patient and to show responsibility."
However, confidence was exuded in the Karzai campaign staff who suggested that the incumbent will easily make it to 50 per cent and avoid second round of voting.
Abdullah Abdullah has come under international scrutiny by recommending that the foreign minister should concede defeat because a possible Karzai defeat may mean resurgence in violence by the Taliban. Dr. Abdullah responded to his supporters, "They have come to the conclusion that if Mr Karzai doesn't win, insecurity will increase in the south. Because of the insecurity situation, they are insisting we should go and work with the government. It's very difficult for us. They are saying we should not accept the will of the people."
Ustad Atta Mohammed Noor, governor of Balkh province, urged Abdullah to concede because it could worsen the violence in Taliban areas. Noor further added that he had received the impression that Richard Holbrooke, after meeting with him on Sunday, wanted Abdullah to concede defeat, according to UK Telegraph.
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