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Afghanistan Sets Election Date (or Maybe Not)

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The Diplomat, 20 January 2016

This report on the setting of Afghanistan’s next election date quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert several times:

Martine van Bijlert, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, noted in her evaluation of the news that the “Abdullah camp, apart from generally pushing for changes to the electoral system, has particularly insisted on the replacement of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).”

Van Bijlert noted that as slow-moving electoral reforms closed in on replacing some of the commissioners the commission pushed back, saying that the executive branch did not have the authority to remove them before their six-year terms were completed.

(…) Further, as van Bijlert writes, discussions on real electoral reform continues to be plagued by two problems: “[O]n one hand, the lack of consensus on what the problems of the 2014 election were and, on the other hand, the lack of real options to decrease the likelihood of fraud, manipulation, and a contested outcome in the upcoming elections…”