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Electoral fraud

The audit in Kabul - photo by Kate Clark

2014 Elections (42): Audit stopped, re-started, UN intervenes

Kate Clark Qayoom Suroush

There have been days of futile negotiations between the technical teams of the two presidential election candidates over the nature of the ‘invalidation’ criteria – the rules for deciding what to do with votes deemed suspicious in the audit of the 14 June second round of the presidential vote. Now, the United Nations has stepped in […]

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Elections 2014 (24): The IECC’s performance addressing provincial council complaints

Martine van Bijlert Qayoom Suroush

While most observers are focused on the upcoming second round of the presidential election, the process surrounding the provincial council vote is still ongoing. The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) finished its open sessions last week and, in response to allegations of manipulation by IEC staff, ordered a widespread recount of votes, which had already […]

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Elections 2014 (19): Final results’ timeline trumps transparency

Martine van Bijlert

This morning, on 15 May 2014, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final results of the first round of the presidential elections. Both frontrunners have since then publicly accepted the results, while still claiming that in a fair process they would have done better, and are readying themselves for the second round vote that […]

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Afghan Election: First Round Or Nothing For Abdullah


RFE/RL, 20 March 2014 Article quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert on the chances of the main presidential candidates. According to her it would be a "freak result" if any of the candidates were to score a first-round victory and she describes the candidates' attempt to secure votes as a multilayered challenge: "there are other variables that all candidates […]

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Lack of cash and monitors add to Afghan election troubles


Reuters, 1 December 2013 A good overview over shortcomings that stand in the way of orderly 2014 elections: "Organizers of Afghanistan's make-or-break presidential election next year say poor security, a shortage of monitors and funding holes are undermining their ability to safeguard the process from the widespread fraud that marred the last poll in 2009." Worryingly, […]

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Votes sell for about $5 in Afghanistan as presidential race begins

AAN Team

Reuters, 14 October 2013 In a report about illegal voter card selling and feared election fraud, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted with (the very shortened version of) how Afghan security forces played a role in ballot stuffing in the 2010 parliamentary election: “The threat of the insurgents, who oppose the election, was used at the […]

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Repeating Old Warnings: Brace yourselves, the elections are going to be quite a ride

Martine van Bijlert

Afghanistan is readying itself for its fifth election in ten years. For those who have gone through the previous rounds there is an immense sense of déjà vu: the preparations and technical discussions, the excitement surrounding the politicking, the questions asked too early (who are the frontrunners?), the attempts of international policymakers to make sense […]

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2010 Elections (40): A clear mess in the Land of the Light

Fabrizio Foschini

Since Saturday it has become possible to do some real number crunching and to get a detailed analysis of the election results, after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) finally uploaded the polling results per polling station. For weeks, the web page displayed an ‘Internal Server Error’ message, but a phone call to a senior IEC […]

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What about the voters (2)

Martine van Bijlert

What do people think? Now that a million votes have been disqualified and the second round has been announced. Another collection of conversation fragments. “I am worried that something will go wrong with the elections. Many people are worried. So Karzai’s acceptance of the results is good. He has decided to avoid confrontation. It is […]

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