Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

One of these men will lead Afghanistan

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Global Post, 4 April 2014 In an article introducing the candidates for the upcoming Afghan election, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted about voter registration:  “Afghanistan does not have a voter registry; nor does it have any kind of reliable population database,” writes Martine van Bijlert, of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. “This means that nobody knows […]

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With no Karzai, Afghans vote in open race with high stakes

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France24, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the expected legitimacy of the elections and the role of an endorsement of any candidate by President Karzai's: “This election is being held under such difficult circumstances, it’s difficult to control what happens,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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Anja Niedringhaus: Deutsche Fotografin in Afghanistan erschossen

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ARD (German TV), 4 April 2014 Watch AAN's Martine van Bijlert in this video (her part starts at 01:41) commenting on the expected election turn-out covering both the killing of a German photo journalist in Afghanistan and the upcoming elections.

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Эксперты: нападения на журналистов в Афганистане повлияют на выборы

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RIA Novosti (Russia), 4 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the killing and wounding of two foeign journalists in Afghanistan and the possible impact on the elections, saying that it will affect the contribution journalists can make to getting a picture of the quality of the elections but that the main bulk of […]

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6 Things We’ll Be Watching During Afghanistan’s Election

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Huffington Post, 4 April 2014 Under point 2 (A long history of vote-rigging), the website quotes Martine van Bijlert's AAN pre-election piece: Authorities have vowed that this year's election process won't show the same disruptions, introducing several measures to increase accountability, improve counting and trace ballots more accurately. However, as Martine Van Bijlert, co-directer of […]

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Los precedentes de fraude ponen en alerta a los candidatos en Afganistán

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El País (blog), 4 April 2014 Angeles Espinosa quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert in her blog about electoral fraud patterns in Afghanistan: “El asunto no es si habrá fraude, sino cómo de grave y de partidista es, y qué consecuencias políticas tiene”, estima la analista Martine van Bijlert del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). … “Nadie sabe cuántos votantes hay, […]

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Election 2014 (2): The polling centres that were taken off the list

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On the eve of the election, AAN’s Martine van Bijlert takes a look at the final list of polling centres that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has considered secure enough to open for voting tomorrow (5 April 2014). She looks at where the polling stations are – or rather: where they have they been removed – […]

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Election is talk of the town in Kabul beauty parlours

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AFP/Gulf News, 4 April 2014 AAN's Kate Clark is not talking abour beauty parlors here, but about post-2001 progress for women in Afghanistan: Experts such as Kate Clark, of the Afghan [sic] Analysts’ Network, say that real progress has been made for women in Afghanistan over the past 13 years, though cultural norms still hold […]

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Who’s running? The candidates vying to be Afghanistan’s next president

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CNN, 4 April 2014 In this pre-election look on the candidates in the upcoming Afghan elections, AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted:  "Arshaf [sic] Ghani and Abdullah are campaigning on the implicit message that they will bring change," Martine van Bijlert, Co-director, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) told CNN from Kabul. "Abdullah has long tried to […]

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Afghanistan elections: Youth voters ‘vital’

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al-Jazeera, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the role of the Afghan youth in the upcoming elections:  "Young Afghans are a large group and are varied in their outlook, depending on where they come from and where they live. There is a tendency to see them as a group that is […]

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Stakes High As Afghans Prepare To Cast Presidential Ballots

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Radio Free Europe/Radio LIberty, 4 April 2014 RFE/RL's Frud Bezhan quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert in his pre-election article: Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says that with no clear favorite among the three leading candidates, the election is expected to be the most open and […]

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