In a mockery of elections, Atleast three Presidential candidates claim full victory in Afghanistan elections

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In a mockery of elections, Atleast three Presidential candidates claim full victory in Afghanistan elections

KABUL - In a mockery of elections, Atleast three Presidential candidates claim full victory in Afghanistan elections.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah and former Intelligence Chief Amrullah Saleh have claimed victory in a weekend presidential election, a scene reminiscent of the last vote in 2014.

Though preliminary overall results aren't expected for another three weeks, Abdullah told a news conference in Kabul on September 30 that by his count, he won such a clear-cut victory in the balloting that a second-round runoff won't be needed, Radio Free Europe has reported.

That followed a claim by Ghani's running mate, Amrullah Saleh, that the incumbent had won a clear first-ballot victory.

"The information that we have received shows that 60 to 70 percent of people voted [for] us," Saleh was quoted by Voice of America as saying.