Tolo News: The seven members of the Independent Election Commission voted on Wednesday to elect their new leaders. Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayyad has been elected as the head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Click here to read more (external link).
The Diplomat: According to research by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), the simple logic of “competitive elections” does not exist in Afghanistan’s electoral process. Therefore, “in their current manifestation, elections have the potential to destabilize” the country. Moreover, research from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on countries with upcoming elections shows that applying
Tolo News: The former National Directorate of Security (NDS) Rahmatullah Nabil on Monday night claimed that printing equipment for fake ballot papers were found in houses around Wazir Akbar Khan, in Kabul city, during the run up to the 2014 elections. He claimed the machines were found in the houses of high-ranking officials who are today
Tolo News: Former chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Najibullah Ahmadzai on Thursday accused the Presidential Palace of making illegal demands on the election management body and said that the Presidential Palace wants to manipulate the next elections. Click here to read more (external link). Related Head of Afghan Election Body Sacked, Raising Doubts Over
1TV: Khan issued the call during a gathering in western Herat province late Tuesday, where Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor said he could be a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. “I think that Dr. Abdullah has tried his luck in the past two elections. He shouldn’t try his failed luck once again.” Click here
1TV: Five senior officials based at Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission have been dismissed, officials said Sunday. The dismissed officials are deputy head of ECC secretariat, head of analysis, head of human resources, records manager and manager of staff attendance. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country’s long-term stability. Click here to read more (external link). Related IEC Determined To Hold Elections On Time
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 22, 2017 Afghanistan has set July 7, 2018 as the date for holding long-delayed parliamentary and provincial elections. Najibullah Ahmadzai, the head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said in Kabul on June 22 that the new date was fixed after discussions with the government. The elections were supposed to
Tolo News: Addressing guests attending Nowruz celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif on Tuesday, Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor said that he would in the near future discuss his future plans over running in the next presidential elections. “I thank President (Ashraf Ghani) for his trust and for re-appointing me as the governor of Balkh. Soon I will
ReliefWeb: Afghanistan’s new electoral law has come into force, which means that the requirement of electoral reform ahead of the next elections has – at least nominally – been met. AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili and Martine van Bijlert discuss the main features of the new law and note that the most controversial and complicated changes have