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Afghan presidential vote count over: commission

Ballot counting in Afghanistan's presidential election is over with results to be released next week and turnout expected at 40 to 50 per cent, the election authority said on Friday.

world Updated: Aug 21, 2009 12:18 IST

Ballot counting in Afghanistan's presidential election is over with results to be released next week and turnout expected at 40 to 50 per cent, the election authority said on Friday.

Afghans voted yesterday to elect a new president and for 420 councillors in 34 provincial councils.

"The counting is finished for the presidential race," Independent Election Commission official Zekria Barakzai told AFP.

"The turnout was different from south to the north and central parts of Afghanistan but still it is satisfactory and I expect that turnout will be from 40 to 50 per cent," he said.