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Elections 2014 (7): An emerging mixed picture

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It is four days after the election. The country is generally still in a good mood after a poll that went much better than expected. At the same time, a more complete picture is emerging and it is, unsurprisingly, mixed. Alongside a robust genuine and determined vote, there are indications of significant irregularities: old patterns of intimidation, ballot-stuffing, and ‘ghost polling stations’ in […]

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Afghanistan presidential elections: large turnout as voters defy Taliban threats to disrupt poll

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ABC Australia, 7 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig here with a quote commenting on Afghan election day: Thomas Ruttig, a veteran Afghan watcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, says one aspect of election day that is troubling are reports that many voting booths ran out of ballot papers. "In recent elections have sometimes been the […]

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Complaints of fraud follow Afghan polls

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Deutsche Welle, 7 April 2014 Accusations have to be taken seriously and need to be investigated, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted here as saying: "If electoral fraud really took place, it would be of immense importance to make this known before a possible second round," she said. … "Then the Afghan people have the chance to vote […]

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The Ghost Polls of Afghanistan: Election Day in Afghanistan’s hinterlands

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Harper's Magazine (blog), 7 April 2014 Repiortage from Matt Aikins and Anand Gopal's courageous E-Day trip into Wardak. "At the far limit of Afghan government control", they found a ghost polling station, at the village school of Ambu Khak, protected by a "US-backed" militia.  "A supervisor of the Wardak branch of an independent election-monitoring organization […]

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Die mühsame Suche nach einem neuen Präsidenten

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Die Welt (Germany), 5 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted here on the probability and forms of vote rigging, her experience from the 2009 and 2010 elections and what this says about 2014: "Der Betrug damals ist nicht leicht zu quantifizieren", sagt Martine van Bijlert vom Thinktank Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul. "Aber wenn […]

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Under Fire: The status of the 2014 election observation

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Election observers can play a useful role, nudging – both directly and through their governments – Afghan election authorities towards greater transparency and accountability, writes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. However, this year’s international observer missions have, compared to the elections in 2009 and 2010, shrunk significantly. This is for different reasons, among them organisations’ fear to […]

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Elections 2014 (4): The election day in snapshots from the provinces

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How did election day go? After a first collection of voices from the provinces on the day before the vote (read here), we continued to hear from our friends and from journalists, civil society activists and government officials across the country. We asked them to describe what they saw in terms of voter turnout, atmosphere, fraud – […]

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6 Things We’ll Be Watching During Afghanistan’s Election

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Huffington Post, 4 April 2014 Under point 2 (A long history of vote-rigging), the website quotes Martine van Bijlert's AAN pre-election piece: Authorities have vowed that this year's election process won't show the same disruptions, introducing several measures to increase accountability, improve counting and trace ballots more accurately. However, as Martine Van Bijlert, co-directer of […]

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Los precedentes de fraude ponen en alerta a los candidatos en Afganistán

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El País (blog), 4 April 2014 Angeles Espinosa quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert in her blog about electoral fraud patterns in Afghanistan: “El asunto no es si habrá fraude, sino cómo de grave y de partidista es, y qué consecuencias políticas tiene”, estima la analista Martine van Bijlert del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). … “Nadie sabe cuántos votantes hay, […]

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A New Era? Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Court Women’s Vote

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NPR, 3 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the Afghan women's vote and methods to rig it here: And as … Afghanistan expert Martine Van Bijlert … argue[s], many female voters who do vote don't end up voting for the candidate they personally prefer. "It's not a given actually that women will necessarily […]

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Karzais Wahlpoker

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 3 April 2014 FAZ's Friederike Böge quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert on the reliability of Afghan pre-election polls: „Wähler stimmen nicht unbedingt so ab, wie sie es in Umfragen gesagt haben. Und das Wahlergebnis ist auch nicht so, wie gewählt wurde“, sagt Martine van Bijlert, Ko-Direktorin des Analyseinstituts Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul. [Voters […]

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Afghans largely left to monitor their own election

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Stars and Stripes, 3 April 2014 In this article covering pre-election violence and western attitudes, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: “International powers have said in private to various candidates that if it is a stolen election, there’s a lot of things that won’t get paid for,” said Kate Clark, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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