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Sitting lawmakers head Afghan legislative elections' preliminary results

10-21-2010 13:13 BJT

KABUL, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Sitting legislators have topped the preliminary results of Afghan parliamentary elections held on Sept. 18, that was announced on Wednesday.

Mohammad Mohaqiq with bagging over 16,000 votes has secured the first position, followed by sitting speaker Lower House Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, the result pasted on election commission website said.

A critic of government and parliamentarian Mohammad Ramzan Bashardost with securing over 7,000 votes secured the third position and sitting lawmaker Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf had won forth position, according to the website.

Meantime, three women won the contest in Kandahar the Taliban birthplace in south Afghanistan; while two women have secured the two seats allocated to the western Nimroz province.

Meantime, election body's chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi who announced the preliminary results hours ago said that the result could be changed as it is not the final and the final result expected to be announced within month.

"Over 50 percent of members of Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Afghan parliament are new faces," Manawi said.

More than 2,500 people including over 400 women from across the country contested the election to secure seat in the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament in Afghanistan.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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