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AAN Guest blog: Making Elections Count

William Maley

Afghanistan’s elections have been spectacularly problematic. Only hours before the announcement of this year’s preliminary results, Professor William Maley explores the different ways in which electoral processes can be viewed – as theatre, a way to change power without bloodshed, or a means of renegotiating power relations. He discusses the corrosive impact of widspread fraud […]

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2010 Elections 26: The IEC between pressure and scrutiny

Martine van Bijlert

The email was sent around today, not long before the planned press conference and not long after an earlier message had announced a delay. “Dear All: The IEC is intent to be more precise in announcement of WJ Elections results, therefore kindly be informed that IEC press conference for announcement of WJ preliminary results [is] […]

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2010 Election 25: The ECC, one district a time?

Fabrizio Foschini

The Electoral Complaints Commission is there after all. Beyond the criticism it has received, beyond the obscurity which surrounded its recent activities, beyond the fears of it being reduced – after last year’s confrontation – to a rubber-stamp body not willing to pick up a fight with strongmen if needed. The decision to invalidate all […]

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2010 Elections 24: An anti-election insurgency in the making in Ghor?

Gran Hewad

While the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) keeps working on the preliminary results and announcing its decisions regarding suspicious or invalid polling stations, the importance of this phase of the electoral process is highlighted by protests and reports of fraud coming from different provinces. One of them is Ghor, an area that often escapes the attention […]

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2010 Elections 23: The Wardak election in AP3’s shadow

Fabrizio Foschini

A close look at the electoral result sheets published online by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) allows observers to get an idea of how elections went countrywide. The results for Wardak, where the number of polling centres (PC) this year was higher than during the past elections, reveal some problematic trends, raising the question whether […]

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2010 Elections 22: IEC delays preliminary final result

Fabrizio Foschini Thomas Ruttig

Not surprisingly, the Afghan Independent Election Commission has given the ECC a bit more time to work on the almost 4,000 complaints that have come in until now. But there are concerns about the ability of the ECC to work on them, given the very low speed with which it gives out precise information – […]

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2010 Elections 21: A Tale of Two Parliaments

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan sometimes really can be paradoxical. Its President, often (and wrongly) described as the ‘Mayor of Kabul’ has a grip on the administration country-wide, reshuffling ministers, governors and police chiefs at will, but his administration does not administrate – or only when bribes are paid. Parts of the opposition occupy government posts. And its parliament […]

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2010 Elections 20: What if the Hazaras win in Uruzgan? (updated)

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, as is by now well-known, is seriously pulled out of balance by fraud, insecurity and an unusual variation of the Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV), an electoral system that is prone to erratic outcomes. This has been played out rather illustratively in Uruzgan, where a small and secure corner of the province may […]

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2010 Elections 19: Two cases of electoral violence

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan’s elections have been surrounded by a swirl of politicking and tricking, of wrangling and pressuring, of outcry and resignation, of threats and promises, and of outbursts of violence. They show how old habits die hard and how new prospects of power inspire violent behaviour – as Jawed Kohestani, the leader of the Freedom and […]

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2010 Elections 18: A look at the first Khost ballot sheets (updated)

Thomas Ruttig

Since a few days, the IEC posts – as promised in its pre-election transparency offensive – copies of the ‘result and tally sheets’ from the polling stations (PSt, vulgo: the boxes) on its website. This will make it difficult to tamper with the content of the boxes, i.e. stuff additional ballots into them post festum, […]

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2010 Elections 17: A tense electoral run in Takhar

Fabrizio Foschini

The first, very partial election results in Takhar have appeared on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) website. This offers the opportunity to go back to notes taken on a field trip over election-day, and present them along with our perceptions of the situation in the province. By AAN researchers Fabrizio Foschini and Obaidullah Ali. The […]

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2010 Election 16: Will women win both Nimruz seats?

Martine van Bijlert

It is interesting to see how candidates narrow down the local parliamentary elections to a competition between a limited number of rivals. The women in many provinces have their own competition, vying mainly for the seats reserved for female candidates. Their complaints thus tend to focus on their immediate female rivals, disregarding the fraud that […]

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