WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Two exit polls, one over the telephone and another face-to-face interviews, shows Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is winning the presidential election between six to eight points over Dr Abdullah Abdullah.
The face-to-face exit poll, conducted by Glevum and the Kabul-based Asia Innovative Research and Communication (AIRC), says a majority of those interviewed (53 percent) said they had voted for Ghani and 47 percent for Abdullah.
This suggests Ghani will be the next president of, Glevum said in a statement on Monday night. The result shows that the majority of Pashtun and Uzbek voters chose Ghani and the Tajiks and Hazara supported Abdullah, it said.
Also conducted by Glevum, the phone exit polls says Ghani received 54 percent of the votes, and Dr. Abdullah got 46 percent. The findings are in line with the polls conducted last week by Glevum, which showed Ghani at 48-49 percent and Abdullah at 42-45 percent, with 7-9 percent of voters then undecided.
Meanwhile the State Department said it was too early to make pronouncements regarding elections. “We continue to feel that it’s important to give the Afghan electoral bodies the time they needed to do their work in processing the outcome of these elections,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
The Afghan and their government institutions must ensure the quality of the election and the acceptability of its outcome and adjudicate the complaints during, and after election day, Psaki told reporters when asked about allegations of fraud by Abdullah.
“Candidates have avenues of pursuing allegation of fraud through the IEC and the ECC, and we encourage them to work through those bodies to address their concerns,” she said.
In both exit polls, Ghani is chosen by a majority of those voters interviewed, strongly indicating that he has won the second round of this election and is probably the next President of Afghanistan, Glevum said.
“Interestingly Pajhwok Afghan News reporting of early results has Ghani at 52.45 percent and Abdullah at 47.52 percent. All early indicators therefore suggest that Ashraf Ghani is the winner of the second ballot,” Glevum said.