The first round of the Presidential election took place on 20 August 2009.
|Dr. Abdullah Abdullah||30.59%|
|Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai||2.94%|
and a further 27 candidates who each received less than 1% of the vote
Turnout – approx 32%
As no candidate received 50%, a second round run-off was scheduled for 7 November. However Dr Abdullah withdrew from the election on 1 November. As a result, on 2 November the Independent Election Commission announced the cancellation of the run-off and declared Hamid Karzai the winner by default.