Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2018

High-Stakes Afghan Vote Paves Way For Next Hurdle: 2019 Election

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Bloomberg, 22 October 2018 AAN’s election specialist Ali Yawar Adili is quoted in this article, speaking about the election turnout: “The turnout was relatively good in cities but low in rural areas where security is not good,” said Ali Yawar Adili, an analyst and researcher with Kabul-based Afghan [sic] Analyst Network independent think tank.

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Parlamentswahl in Afghanistan: Nicht nur die Taliban als Problem

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 22 October 2018 Op-ed reportage and analysis summarising the chaotic two parliamentary elections days in Afghanistan by AA’s Thomas Ruttig (in German).

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Afganské voľby boli chaotické a krvavé aj v druhý deň

Thomas Ruttig

Pravda, 21 October 2018 The Slovak daily both quoted AAN research by Thomas Ruttig and tweets on the Afghan elections: Thomas Ruttig, spolupredseda organizácie Afghanistan Analysts Network, označil voľby za najhoršie, aké monitoroval od roku 2004. Opísal ich ako chaotické a slabo pripravené, pričom biometrické zariadenia dorazili príliš neskoro a hlasovanie nedostatočne kontrolovala volebná komisia.

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Election officials struggled with the new biometric verification devices, here being used in a polling centre in Daikundi. (Photo: Ehsan Qaane 2018)

Election Day Two: A triumph of administrative chaos

AAN Team Jelena Bjelica

The second day of the Afghan parliamentary election has been as chaotic as the first. Because many polling centres failed to open or opened late on Saturday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) ruled that some could also open today. However, only some actually opened today and voters were presented with the same bureaucratic and technical […]

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Afganistanin vaalien ongelmat jatkuvat

Thomas Ruttig

Keskisuomalainen, 21 October 2018 The Finnish newspaper quotes, via AFP, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: –  Vaalilautakunta on näyttänyt selvästi kyvyttömyytensä järjestää hyväksyttäviä ja läpinäkyviä vaaleja, arvioi Afganistan-tutkija Thomas Ruttig.

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En Afghanistan, des législatives émaillées d’attentats et de fraudes

Thomas Ruttig

Le Figaro, 21 October 2018 The leading French daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on talking with the Taleban  (in French, behind a pay wall): « Les violences des deux derniers jours ne signifient pas que le processus de paix est sans espoir. Après tout, depuis des années, chaque camp a pris l’habitude de dialoguer et de […]

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A voter in Paktika province being ‘biometrically verified’. Across the country, the new procedure caused problems and delays (Photo: Fazal Muzhary)

Election Day One (Evening Update): Voter determination and technical shambles

AAN Team Kate Clark Thomas Ruttig

In our first update of the day, AAN reported on the mixed turnout – far higher in the cities and other secure places and lower in districts where the Taleban could close roads and prevent voting. Those determined to vote faced not only Taleban violence, but also many technical problems and late-opening polling centres. In […]

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Taliban threats chill rural vote in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Stars and Stripes, 21 October 2018 Lober quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the rural/urban divide in Afghanistan’s parliamentary polls, following up on AAN’s first post-elections analysis: “The Taliban effectively rule much of the rural space,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, adding the militant group is “able to scare voters away” from […]

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Un atentado con 15 muertos en Kabul cierra una jornada electoral caótica

Thomas Ruttig

El País, 20 October 2018 The Spanish daily quoted AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the technical shortcomings of Afghanistan’s first day of parliamentary elections: “Esperaba que hubiera muchos problemas técnicos, pero no este nivel de caos. La dejadez de la IEC y de parte de su personal se ha unido a la casi total falta de […]

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Afghanistan vælger nyt parlament med over tre års forsinkelse

Thomas Ruttig

Jyllands-Posten, 20 October 2018 The leading Danish daily newspaper extensively quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the then forthcoming parliamentary elections. Not online, PDF here: 20181020JylP-Afghan parl election

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Tote und Verletzte bei Anschlägen auf Wähler in Kabul

Thomas Ruttig

dpa, SDA/Berner Zeitung, 20 October 2018 A first appraisal of the Afghan parliamentary elections in Afghanistan by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the cooperating German and Swiss news agencies: Der Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig von der Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network beschrieb die Wahl als «chaotisch». Sie sei die schlechteste gewesen, die er seit 2004 gesehen habe. Und […]

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Voters queue in Nili, provincial capital of Daikundi. Photo: Ehsan Qaane

Election Day One: A rural-urban divide emerging

AAN Team Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s third post-Taleban parliamentary elections have started slowly, with a lot of technical chaos and significant fighting in a number of provinces. Polling hours have now been extended. Even in many areas of Kabul, polling centres had not opened by 9:30am. There are widespread reports of a lack of polling material, electoral staff being unfamiliar […]

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