Reuters: Abdullah Abdullah, the political leader who twice backed down from election disputes that plunged Afghanistan into crisis, said on Thursday he had not ruled out standing again next year, and might agree to share power with his opponent. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: President Ashraf Ghani in a decree has referred the appointment of IECC provincial commissioners to the Independent Administration Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC), but the issue has sparked criticism of Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC). Click here to read more (external link). Related Ghazni Election Crisis Continues, Residents Call for Action Concerns Raised Over ID
Ariana: President Ashraf Ghani has rejected all shortlisted candidates for the position of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat, a reliable source said Friday. About two weeks ago, acting IEC Secretariat Chief Shahla Haqparast stepped down from her post over the decision to stamp the photocopy of voter’s national identity cards. Click here to read more
Ariana: The parties claimed that the government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are looking for systemization of fraud for 2019 presidential elections by using paper identity cards. “We won’t allow anyone anymore to oppose with the fate of Afghanistan’s people,” said Asadullah Sadati a member of [Hezb-e] Wahdat-e Islami Afghanistan. Click here to read more
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan May 28, 2018 Unidentified gunmen have killed an employee of a voter-registration center and a police officer in the western Afghan province of Herat, officials say. A spokesman for the provincial police chief said the attack took place in the Chishti Sharif district late on May 27. The two were taken
Press TV May 26, 2018 Afghan authorities have started to register candidates for a long-delayed vote amid security issues that threaten the very integrity of the elections. Head of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission Gula Jan Badi Sayad said Saturday that hundreds of candidates were expected to come forward for the October 20 parliamentary and district elections.
Ariana: Speaking at a debate program in Ariananews TV, Maozullah Dawlati (Deputy of Independent Election Commission (IEC),) revealed the intervention of President Ghani in election commission’s affairs. “President Ghani in [the] presence of U.S. ambassador and UN envoy for Afghanistan has threatened those IEC members who were opposed to attaching stickers on copy of ID cards,” Dawlati
Haroun Mir (via Asia Times): Despite repeated warnings by us Afghans and our international partners, President Ghani and his close entourage are adamant to continue with their agenda to manipulate the electoral process for the upcoming elections and engineer a favorable outcome by altering voter-registration and balloting data as they did in 2014. Click here to
Tolo News: As the controversy over stamping of copies of ID cards by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) gathers fresh momentum, people in several provinces across Afghanistan have also voiced concerns over the issue. People say that stamps on copies of ID cards will pave the way for election fraud and vote rigging. Click here
Tolo News: Journalist Samim Faramarz this week visited a number of voter registration centers in Kabul in a bid to find out why members of the public and politicians are concerned about copies of ID cards being stamped in the voter registration process. The big question raised regarding this issue is whether people will be able to get multiple