As the recounting of votes cast in June 14 Afghan presidential runoff is continuing, President Hamid Karzai has said that this militancy-plagued country should have new president and new government by the end of August. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, spokesman for Afghan election commission Noor Mohammad Noor said that 45 percent of the votes cast in the second round of presidential election held on June 14 had been completed. “So far 10,231 ballot boxes or 45 percent of the whole ballot boxes have been recounted,” Noor said at a press conference here. The total number of ballot boxes used in Afghan presidential runoff is 22,828, he said, adding the recounting process is going on and the election commission would do its best to complete the auditing and recounting process of the votes in its earliest.
Recounting process of the votes cast in June 14 presidential runoff began on July 17 during which the chairman election commission Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani promised to complete the process within three to four weeks. However, the prolonged election process and slow recounting process of the votes would take more time than expected.
Abdullah Abdullah or Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would succeed the outgoing president Hamid Karzai if the election results announced.