The Independent Election Commission announced Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the prime winner of the Presidential Election of Afghanistan.
The long-delayed results of the presidential elections of Afghanistan were eventually pronounced today, February the 18th, 2020, by the IEC.
As per the announced results, Ghani wins by 50.64 percent of the total valid votes – equivalent to 923592 votes in number.
Abdullah Abdullah, on the other hand, is ranked second winning 720841 votes (39.52%), and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar stands in 3rd position with 70241 votes (3.85%).
It is worth mentioning that the presidential election of Afghanistan was conducted on September 28th, 2019.
IEC says that a total of 1823948 people voted in the election which marks only 19% of the population eligible for voting.
BRIEF HISTORY: SINCE 2002, PRESS RESTRICTIONS WERE GRADUALLY RELAXED AND PRIVATE MEDIA DIVERSIFIED. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE PRESS IS PROMOTED IN 2004.
SINCE THEN MORE THAN 30 AFGHANISTAN BASED TELEVISION CHANNELS BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND SATELLITE AND AROUND 100 RADIO FM STATIONS STARTED OPERATION IN THE COUNTRY.
FOREIGN RADIO STATIONS, SUCH AS VOICE OF AMERICA AND BBC WORLD SERVICE, ALSO BROADCAST INTO THE COUNTRY.