Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2018

The Dilemma of Voters in Sar-e-Pul: Lax Security, Ethnic Issues, and Fear in the Minds


Reporterly, 11 October 2018 Pre-election report from an underreported province by a new Afghan English-language news website.

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Do afghánského parlamentu chce nová generace kandidátů. Věří v bezpečnou zemi


C24, 10 October 2018 AAN election research quoted in this article on Czech television’s website (in Czech).

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10 days 15 hours, 35 minutes and 13 seconds to go: The IEC's count down to the 20 October 2018 parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. Source: Screenshot from the IEC website, at the time of uploading this dispatch

Afghanistan Election Conundrum (16): Basic facts about the parliamentary elections

AAN Team Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has posted a clock on its home page that counts down the time remaining until the 20 October parliamentary election (minus Ghazni province). That’s a nice gag. It would also have been good if a counter had been provided to show, for example, the total number of registered voters (on its […]

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Supporters of some disqualified candidates including MullahTarakhel and Zardad Faryadi shut down the IEC headquarters in Kabul from 13 to 25 August in protest against the ECC’s decision to debar them from standing in 20 October elections. Photo credit: Tolonews

Afghanistan Election Conundrum (15): A contested disqualification of candidates

Ali Yawar Adili

The campaign by more than 2,600 candidates to secure votes in the Afghan parliamentary elections is in full swing, for over a week now. 35 would-be MPs, however, are not running. They have been barred from standing by the Electoral Complaints Commission, chiefly for ties to illegal armed groups. In this piece, AAN’s Ali Yawar […]

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Parliamentary Elections Loom in Afghanistan


The Diplomat, 2 October 2018 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted here: Ali Yawar Adili, who has been following the details of the election reform process for the Afghanistan Analysts Network, identified “multiple, serious problems” emerging ahead of the election in an article in early August, having to do with “among other things, insecurity, voter registration, controversies […]

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AIHRC’s Bamyan provincial office building inaugurated in 2014. Its nine from 14 offices, one HQ and 13 provincial offices, have their own buildings. The buildings of its provincial offices in Balkh and Daikundi are under construction. Photo: AIHRC’s website.

New Commissioners for the AIHRC: 390 applications for nine positions

Ehsan Qaane

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), set up in 2002 as part of the Bonn Agreement, is to get a new set of commissioners. How to choose them has proved difficult. Before, the president just appointed whom he wanted. Now, a new procedure aimed at greater transparency has ended up being slow and clumsy. The […]

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