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Karzai signs Afghan election reforms into law

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AFP, 17 July 2013

Article quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert on the signing of the law on the structure of the electoral bodies, but misrepresents the relationships between Kabul’s think tanks as one of rivalry:

Local think tank, Afghanistan Analysis and Awareness, welcomed the reforms as an “important milestone in creating the right framework for ensuring democratic elections and strengthening the foundations of Afghanistan’s young democracy”.

But Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the rival Afghanistan Analysts Network, said that while the new nomination and selection procedure brings a sense of transparency it does not guarantee independence.