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2010 Elections 5: What’s in a name? Relatives of the powerful run for parliament (Updated)

Kate Clark

Khalili, Karzai, Dostum, Naderi, Gailani, Chamkani: the last names of a couple of dozen candidates in Saturday’s parliamentary elections are more famous than the candidates themselves. It is Nabil, not Karim; Jamil and Hashmat, not Hamed; and Qadir rather than General Abdul Rashid, who are running for election. In an election without parties, where the […]

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2010 Elections – No comment 2: Special Direction of the IEC Chairman to All IEC Staff

Martine van Bijlert

Special Direction of the Chairman of the IEC to all IEC Provincial Officers and Staff. Released 15 September 2010 by the IEC Chairman’s Office and sent out by the IEC Information and External Relations Department. “We all know that election is a national process by conducting of which, people’s power is exercised in the system […]

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2010 Elections – No comment 1: GMIC Media Advisory

Martine van Bijlert

Released on 16 September 2010, under number 245, by the Government Media and Information Center, Office of the Spokesperson of the President “The parliamentary elections will take place two days from now. The government of Afghanistan is doing everything to pave the way for free and successful elections. Four hundred thousand national and international forces […]

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2010 Elections 4: Gardez déjà vu

Thomas Ruttig

In 2009, author Thomas Ruttig witnessed the presidential elections – and some of its irregularities – in Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia in South-Eastern Afghanistan and tried to get a remote-view idea about what happened around it. So, it made sense to go here for the parliamentary elections, too, to check see what has […]

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2010 Elections 3: Two totally different worlds

Martine van Bijlert

As the country gets ready for the elections, the discussions – as usual – focus on security and fraud. There seem to be two worlds. One is the world of procedures, barcodes, scanners and tamper-evident bags. Of recruitment criteria, complaints forms, female searchers and police contingents. Of confident reassurances that everything is under control. The […]

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2010 Elections 2: Political Parties at the Fringes Again

Thomas Ruttig

Only five of Afghanistan’s 110 political parties have finally had the chance to field candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election under their party logo. Another 31 parties had candidates on a preliminary candidates’ list but later withdrew the party affiliation. Many political scientists would say parties are a key requirement for a functioning democracy, yet […]

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2010 Elections 1: Facts and Figures

Fabrizio Foschini

With less than a week left before 18 September, we would like to summarize the major facts and figures that relate to the upcoming parliamentary election. The total number of candidates standing in this year’s election is 2502. The number of candidates whose names appeared on the 34 final provincial candidates list (plus one for […]

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Campaign Trail 8: A multipolar election in the Afghan West 2

Fabrizio Foschini

The second part of an analysis on elections in Herat province mainly deals with how candidates campaign and their worries about the increased insecurity as well as possibilities of fraud in the upcoming elections. AAN analyst Fabrizio Foschini tried to gather their opinions and confront them with reported facts. One candidate still considered to be […]

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Campaign Trail 8: A multipolar election in the Afghan West 1

Fabrizio Foschini

Herat is the second largest province of the country and the most populous after the capital. Its importance is reflected in the considerable number of parliamentary seats it is allocated, 17, and the outcome of the forthcoming elections will thus significantly contribute to defining the new parliament’s outlook. Through interviews with candidates, officials and other […]

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Guest Blog: Why the West should care about Afghan election fraud

Scott Warden

There is a strange detachment of international actors in Kabul when it comes to the parliamentary elections here in just under two weeks’ time. Our guest author Scott Warden(*) calls it a ‘see no evil, speak no evil’ approach. He asks what the consequences of another flawed election will be and advocates a ‘strict scrutiny […]

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Campaign Trail 7: The young candidates’ challenges

Gran Hewad

Almost one fifth of the candidates running for Kabul in the upcoming parliamentary election are young, between 25 (the minimum age required by the law to run) and 35 years old. The proportion of young candidates varies, but provinces with big urban centres like Balkh, Nangrahar and Herat tend to have more. Some of these […]

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Campaign Trail 6/2: Loya Paktia, Strongmen and Parties

Fabrizio Foschini

In the second part of his pre-election analysis of Loya Paktia – with the three provinces of Paktia, Paktika and Khost -, AAN researcher Fabrizio Foschini takes a closer look at some of the candidates, the equilibrium of power that shapes their chances in the 18 September poll and ponders what will happen to the […]

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