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Elections 2014 (7): An emerging mixed picture

Martine van Bijlert

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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Under Fire: The status of the 2014 election observation

Thomas Ruttig

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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With no Karzai, Afghans vote in open race with high stakes

AAN

France24, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the expected legitimacy of the elections and the role of an endorsement of any candidate by President Karzai's: “This election is being held under such difficult circumstances, it’s difficult to control what happens,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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What to Watch in the Elections (3): Polling day, fraud and irregularities

Martine van Bijlert

Elections in Afghanistan can be overwhelming, surreal and utterly confusing, even for those who have followed the politics of the country for a long time. To bring those who were not here during previous elections up to speed, and to remind those who may have forgotten the details of what it was like, AAN’s Martine […]

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Not a Promising Start: The vetting of the presidential and provincial council candidates

Gran Hewad Kate Clark

Buried in a pre-election assessment report by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are concerns about the transparency with which presidential and provincial council candidates have been vetted. Peter Manikas, NDI’s Asia director, said at a press conference earlier this month that they were concerned that “a number of people who should have been eligible candidates […]

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Afghanistan Isn’t Ready to Vote

AAN Team

Bloomberg, 20 October 2013 Sarah Chayes, in an op-ed for the news agency, recalls witnessing ballot stuffing in Kandahar province in 2009, looks at the “lessons unlearned” from this experince and reviews Afghanistan’s electoral institutions. She points out rightly that Americans – and not only Americans – “now typically view elections abroad as a positive, with little […]

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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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First Reactions Negative: The new Electoral Complaints Commission

Gran Hewad

The presidential palace has announced the names of the five members of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), the body which will deal with any complaints about the April 2014 presidential election. It will also, along with the Independent Election Commission (IEC), rule whether the ballot was free and fair. The commissioners are Abdul Sattar Sadat, Rida […]

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