Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Elections http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:18:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Afghan election “a new chapter” for Afghanistan – UN Special Envoy http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-a-new-chapter-for-afghanistan-un-special-envoy-3455 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-a-new-chapter-for-afghanistan-un-special-envoy-3455#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:41:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32300
The top United Nations official in Afghanistan described the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections, slated for 5 April 2014, as “a new chapter in the life of the country,” involving not only a political transition but also a major step in developing the democratic system and bringing more stability and predictability to the nation. Read the full article...]]>

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan described the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections, slated for 5 April 2014, as “a new chapter in the life of the country,” involving not only a political transition but also a major step in developing the democratic system and bringing more stability and predictability to the nation.

“With all the challenges, all the risks that are there, I see this as a very positive development,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubiš in an exclusive hour-long interview with a private television channel, Tolo TV, broadcast on Friday evening.

The head of UNAMA noted that he was “reasonably satisfied” with the preparations for the elections and pointed to a robust legal framework and the independent election institutions which were developed and created on the basis of the “clear laws” of the country.

Mr. Kubiš said that it was “very encouraging to see the first elections that are fully in the hands of Afghans. Afghanistan is doing well.”

He underlined however the need to make sure that all electoral processes are “as clear as possible, as correct as possible, as inclusive as possible,” and spoke of the absolute necessity for the preventive measures to counter any fraudulent activities which could spoil the elections and undermine their credibility and broad acceptance.

The UN Envoy said that he does anticipate “deficiencies and problems” during the election process.

“We cannot expect perfect elections. First of all, in no country in the world you will find perfect election. There is always a problem here and there… But I see a very strong drive and very good quality preparations for reasonably good elections. That should be inclusive, that should be representative, that should be guided by the law, by clear action plans provided by the commissioners, clear regulations and rules,” he said.

“At this point of time, we detect a very strong will on the side of the people, majority of the people [that they] would like to go and vote. They know how critically important the election is for the future of the country, for future stability and unity of the country,” observed Mr. Kubiš.

When asked about the UN role in election observation, the UN Envoy said that “formally, we do not have that role.” He specifically stressed that the elections are an “Afghan-led, Afghan-managed” process and that the role of the United Nations and UNAMA is to support Afghan authorities and the independent electoral bodies by advising on various election related matters, and by providing capacity-building and technical assistance.

He added at the same time: “But, we do monitor what is happening here [in the election processes], and in case we have concerns or we hear concerns from our Afghan interlocutors, we discretely but openly raise these kinds of concerns.”

When asked if he had confidence that the Afghan government would not be interfering in the elections, the UN Special Envoy said that he took seriously public and private assurances given by the President.

“So far, I am taking very seriously what we see in his [President Karzai’s] public statements and discussions with the candidates, with the people and with ourselves that there will be no interference in the process,” he said.

As to the United Nations, “we made it very clear: we will not interfere in what is the business of the independent election institutions and authorities,” added the UN Envoy.

The Special-Representative said that “the success and satisfaction with the results of elections are depended on the credibility of the process and preparations.” “Therefore, it would be so important that the election institutions were working with the candidates, bringing to their attention all the particulars of the election related programmes and activities, starting with registration, with procurement and security arrangements.”

“I am very happy, for example, that the Independent Election Commission [IEC] has organized several meetings with the candidates and intends to continue this to discuss security of the elections together with the Ministry of Interior,” added Mr. Kubiš.

In response to a question relating to the budgetary problems the Independent Election Complains Commission (IECC) is reportedly facing in the provinces, the Special Representative said that the IECC does have a budget provided by the Government and added that this body “is an independent Afghan institution. It is the duty and responsibility of the Afghan Government to provide support, not of the international community, in the first place, but we [United Nations and international community] complement.”

“We have provided money, technical advice; we have provided logistics, material support [but], as I detected, there are some misinterpretation of what has been available, of what has been provided. Very soon we will bring more clarity to this because I believe that people should know, be aware that indeed the international community has been in a very strong way supporting the work of IECC,” he said.
In this context, Mr. Kubiš made the point that the IECC should also make use of what is available elsewhere. “We know that the IEC – the counterpart commission – although these are two independent bodies, they should work in a way separately from each other, as far as topics and substance is concerned, but they should and could assist each other in delivery of their mandates. And I am very much encouraged that both bodies are now negotiating a memorandum of understanding that would enable them to work together.”

The head of UNAMA referred further to the importance of the principle of inclusiveness to the credibility of elections.

“You would like to have a new Government; you will have a new President with new team that is supported by the majority of the people that is supported by all … by all groups across the board. That would work for the unity of the country. For that, you need to have a representative and inclusive elections as well. So far, I think that all the efforts are being done to have this representative and inclusive elections. That will give the chance to the majority of the people in the country to cast their vote, including in the areas that might be difficult and will remain [so] from the security point of view,” he said.

Acknowledging that Afghanistan faces major security challenges, the Special Envoy believed that “everything will be done to ensure that the polling stations will open and [be] accessible to the people. Everything will be done to ensure that the security environment, to the extent possible, will be there, but we know how the situation is.”

Mr. Kubiš expressed confidence in the ability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to ensure “the right possible enabling environment for having the elections throughout the country.”

In response to a question relating to the role of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the upcoming elections, the head of UNAMA said that although he could not speak for the international forces, his understanding was that ISAF was planning to stay in Afghanistan through the elections, including during the second round, should it be required.

“They [ISAF] can provide assistance in assessing the security situation, helping the Afghan authorities, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, and, yes, [delivering] some better information about the situation to enable the Afghan authorities to better plan for the concrete security environment. They are ready to provide logistics support, if needed. … Again, this is the responsibility of Afghans, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, but they [ISAF] are here,” he said.

Mr. Kubiš called on the Taliban to stop all actions aimed at disrupting the electoral process and appealed to their Afghan identity. “My message [to the Taliban]: directly or indirectly, allow the people to vote — this is their right. These are your people [and] this is your country as well. So, give them the chance.”… “My second appeal [to them]: allow also those, not only those that will vote, but the candidates that campaign, election workers to be able to work, to adjudicate, [electoral] officials … to work, allow them to deliver,” he said.

At another point in the interview, Mr. Kubiš appealed to the Taliban to “stop killing the civilians” and “behave according to the international laws, including international humanitarian law.” “For me, what is important is that they will start working, start acting in such a way that would correlate with the wishes of the Afghan people, the wishes [that] are clear: security, peace, justice, protection of the lives of the people, not acting against the lives of the people,” the UN Special Representative said.

In reference to the question relating to the “peace talks” with the Taliban, Mr. Kubiš noted: “It is not the international community; it is Afghanistan and Afghans that are talking about the need for peace and reconciliation, on terms that are clearly defined, with expectations that are clearly defined as well.”

“The country needs peace and reconciliation on certain conditions and the international community here will be ready to assist, but again, based on certain parameters and conditions … What is important is that it should be a process of Afghans talking to Afghans, assisted and facilitated by the international community,” said the Special Envoy.

On the question relating to the level of preparedness on the part of the Afghan authorities and electoral bodies for the potential second round of elections, the head of UNAMA said that it was not yet clear if the run-off will be needed. But should it be required, he was assured by the IEC officials that “they [Afghan election bodies] will be ready and prepared in case of need” to support the second round of polls.

He added that it was “the responsibility of the government, of the state to provide support to their independent electoral institutions, because otherwise they would not be fully independent … and [hinge] only on the money coming from abroad.”

As for the United Nations and international community’s support, “I can tell you that the international community, through the so called UNDP ELECT II project, …has [already] budgeted, in case of need, to complement the government budget for the second round of the election and I can even add that the budget of the UNDP ELECT is there already, and approved by the donors according to 100 per cent of the requirements, for the [2015] parliamentary elections,” said Mr. Kubiš.

When asked about the role of Pakistan in the peace process, the Special-Representative said that the with the beginning of the term of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, there was “a strong political will to address all the questions and to come and help [find] all the solutions that could gradually bring peace, stability and security to Afghanistan and to the region.” He stressed that peace, stability and security in Afghanistan is an essential prerequisite for a stable region.

To another query about the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the UN Envoy said that it was a bilateral matter between Afghanistan and the United States; however he termed it as an important element in shaping the environment in the country.

“We understand very well that the environment in Afghanistan would be different with Bilateral Security Agreement as a trigger for continuous engagement of not only the United States, but [of] many other countries, some donors of Afghanistan for days to come, for their lasting commitment and for their lasting support for the Afghan National Security Forces,” said the UN Special Envoy. H added however that “without BSA, it doesn’t mean that the international community will disappear, but the degree of support will be different, the focus of the support will be different and definitely it will not be in such a quantity as, in my opinion, needed for the needs of Afghanistan.”

When asked about the future role of UNAMA, the Special-Representative said: “Let’s put it like this; it is a year of transition, but our partnership will not transition; our partnership is lasting.”

“We have been operating here for decades [at the invitation of the Government of Afghanistan], and we assume we will be asked to continue our operations and support Afghanistan for many years to come in many areas, [including] education, health care, agriculture, women’s rights,” said Mr. Kubiš.

Another part of UNAMA’s mandate, he added is “to provide good offices and facilitation and continue steps and other measures to facilitate peace and reconciliation if that would be the wishes of the Afghans.”

“We are here [in Afghanistan], strongly engaged and will remain strongly engaged also in the future,” concluded the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.

 

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Election Live: covering Afghanistan’s elections http://www.khaama.com/election-live-covering-afghanistans-elections-2806 http://www.khaama.com/election-live-covering-afghanistans-elections-2806#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:33:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32221 Election Live: covering Afghanistan’s elections
By Joe Sheffer With less than two months to go until the Afghan presidential election, the country is gripped by an unprecedented level of election coverage from Afghanistan’s own media. At the heart of this will be the first election in Afghanistan, where all of the key candidates take part in live debates. NATO Channel Read the full article...]]>
Election Live: covering Afghanistan’s elections

By Joe Sheffer

With less than two months to go until the Afghan presidential election, the country is gripped by an unprecedented level of election coverage from Afghanistan’s own media. At the heart of this will be the first election in Afghanistan, where all of the key candidates take part in live debates.

NATO Channel is given exclusive access behind the scenes of 1TV’s first live presidential debate, to see how political journalism and the country’s media landscape has developed and changed in the last thirteen years. The elections may well be fought on the issues of security, the economy and radicalism, but it is members of the young, educated local press which are driving the most hotly contested Afghan elections in modern times.

Lights, camera and action as campaigning for the Afghan presidential election is well under way, but these candidates are facing something exceptional in an Afghan election: an unprecedented level of scrutiny from the country’s own media.

NATO Channel video journalist Joe Sheffer visited the studio just before the start of the presidential debate, to give the inside picture from Afghanistan’s second televised presidential debate.

At the head of this charge are scores of young, tech-savvy journalists who are fronting modern, open, unbiased and even confrontational debates for the first time, being beamed live into millions of Afghan homes.

Abdullah Khenjanee, Election Debate Presenter, 1TV, said, “This is totally a new experience for the Afghan media, especially for the new generation who are leading all over the media in Afghanistan, yes. It is very, very important and I can claim that presidential debates are the biggest challenge and the biggest experience for the media in Afghanistan, to pave the ground, to pave the way for the voters to find and to judge in a better way.”

Concerns remain about the country’s security during the campaigning and polling periods and, while Afghanistan is still rated 128th in the world for press freedom, outlets like 1TV have made the country one of the region’s leaders both in terms of press freedom and access to independent reporting. And this will be the first election in Afghanistan, where all the key candidates take part in live debates and question and answer sessions. The coverage is set to be decisive.

Fahim Hashimi, President and Owner, 1TV, said, “We have free media, we have free journalists, people can criticise the politicians. We’ve had the most critical current affairs and news programmes in the last three or four years which have been established and it again very, very key for the future of Afghanistan.”

It’s behind the gloss and lights of the main studio that much of the media interest in the elections is being generated. Investment in Afghanistan’s mobile phone network over the last thirteen years has meant that, even in rural areas, phone ownership is above fifty per cent. And it’s this combination of 3G access and social media which online journalists like Mukhtar Saad are driving

Mukhtar Saad, Online Journalist, 1TV, said, “Based on rates, weekly I think we have five million or something around five million in traction in our social media, so based on that we can judge that it’s going to reach the same level that  the TV station would have.”

The economy, security and radicalism will continue to dominate the agenda of this election, and the coverage of local media is reflecting this. But when Afghans go to the polls this April, one thing will be sure: this is the most modern, media-intensive and informed election Afghanistan has ever seen.

This is the script of a NATO Channel story. The international version (WITHOUT VOICEOVER) contains the same visuals and sound bites as the edited story, but without voiceover and/or graphics. 

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Afghanistan presidential election campaigns formally begins http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigns-formally-begins-3382 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigns-formally-begins-3382#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 04:16:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31754 Afghanistan presidential election campaigns formally begins
The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced that the Afghan presidential election campaigns formally kicked off on Sunday. The IEC officials urged the presidential candidates to respect the regulations of the election campaigns, as the candidates are expected to start televised debates, organize rallies and install posters and billboards as part of their election Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan presidential election campaigns formally begins

The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced that the Afghan presidential election campaigns formally kicked off on Sunday.

The IEC officials urged the presidential candidates to respect the regulations of the election campaigns, as the candidates are expected to start televised debates, organize rallies and install posters and billboards as part of their election campaign.

The candidates for presidential election includes Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Zalmai Rassoul, Qayoum Karzai, Daud Sultanzoi, Sardar Mohammad naeem, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Qotbuddin Helal, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Hedayat Amin Arsalan and Gul Agha Sherzoi, who will continue to their elections campaign for another 60 days.

The presidential elections are expected to be organized on April 5 this year, which is considered to be a pivotal moment in the history of Afghanistan.

The outcome of the elections is seen as crucial for the future of Afghanistan and key to the level of foreign involvement here after nearly 13 years of war.

This will be the first independent election to be organized by Afghanistan without direct foreign assistance, and a free and fair election will have a direct impact on billions of dollars in funds to the Afghan government in the future.

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An open letter to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai http://www.khaama.com/an-open-letter-to-afghan-president-31498 http://www.khaama.com/an-open-letter-to-afghan-president-31498#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:53:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31498 An open letter to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai
By: Gulabuddin Sukhanwar As you approach the end of your time in the presidential palace, I wanted to talk to you a bit about your time in office. First, as an official observer at the last two presidential elections, I want to reflect on the election process and its many failings. If only you had Read the full article...]]>
An open letter to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai

By: Gulabuddin Sukhanwar

As you approach the end of your time in the presidential palace, I wanted to talk to you a bit about your time in office.

First, as an official observer at the last two presidential elections, I want to reflect on the election process and its many failings.

If only you had remembered me, and your promises to the younger generation in Afghanistan, when you became President. As member of a political coalition, I spoke to more than 50,000 Afghans at the Ghazi Stadium in support of your presidential campaign in 2009.

As Head of the Cultural Committee for Youths Association of the National Unity Party, I appealed to you and the next government in my 2009 speech, to meet our conditions in exchange for our support.

We called for equal and balanced development for ALL of Afghanistan, as well as the inclusion of all ethnic groups at government level. You showed great insincerity by promising certain reforms aimed at young people, but never actually implementing them.

Neither did you keep your promise to ensure the representation of young people in the Government, especially in terms of improving access to education in remote areas.

Almost five years have passed, and while I don´t regret making a speech in support of your presidential campaign, I am deeply disappointed that you turned your back on us.

Dear Mr. President,  Let´s talk about what happened at the 2009 election.

To our dismay, fraud and irregularities in the way that votes were collected and counted are sadly what we most remember about that crucial point in our history.

If someone – just a man on the street like me – was aware of this fraud, which acted in your favor, then of course you were too. Yet you did nothing to ensure a fair and open democratic voting system.

The so-called Independent’ Election Commission, which you controlled, initially declared you to have received 54% of the vote. Due to irregularities, a recount was made, and your vote was reduced to less than 50%.

Despite this, US Secretary of State John Kerry, announced that you would still be the next President – well, someone had to be!

Of course, we don´t deny that some limited improvements have been made in different sectors. However, a consequence of you not implementing the changes you promised is that most people even don’t trust the election process.

With billions of dollars invested by the international community, you could have achieved so much more. Your inability to do so will hold us back for years to come.

Nothing has fundamentally changed over the 12 years of your presidency. You did not use your power to strengthen the country in terms of democracy, the rule of law, to create more jobs, improve access to education, or ensure rural and economic development. You even allowed warlords and unscrupulous power-brokers to retain in the power.

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EU election observation delegation arrives in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/eu-election-observation-delegation-arrives-in-afghanistan-3293 http://www.khaama.com/eu-election-observation-delegation-arrives-in-afghanistan-3293#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:45:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31311 EU election observation delegation arrives in Afghanistan
A delegation of the European Union election observation arrived in capital Kabul to discuss the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections with the Afghan officials. The Foreign Affairs ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said, the 8 member EU delegation met with Ershad Ahmadi, the Deputy Foreign Minister in Political Affairs and discussed measures for Read the full article...]]>
EU election observation delegation arrives in Afghanistan

A delegation of the European Union election observation arrived in capital Kabul to discuss the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections with the Afghan officials.

The Foreign Affairs ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said, the 8 member EU delegation met with Ershad Ahmadi, the Deputy Foreign Minister in Political Affairs and discussed measures for the upcoming elections.

The statement further added that the EU delegation will meet with the Afghan officials, presidential candidates, Afghanistan Independent Election Commission, Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission and Civil Society officials, during their two week stay in Afghanistan.

Foreign Affairs Ministry also added that the delegtion will visit Kandahar, Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan to assess the deployment of EU observers for the forthcoming elections.

Deputy Foreign Minister in Political Affairs, Ershad Ahmadi quoted in the statement said, the government of Afghanistan is keen to organize the elections on time.

Mr. Ahmadi also insisted that the government of Afghanistan supports free and fair elections, and emphasized on the importance of EU election observers role.

He said the government of Afghanistan remains committed to provide working facilities for the visiting EU election observation team to Afghanistan.

The visit by EU election observation delegation to Afghanistan comes amid concerns regarding the security issues which threatens the upcoming elections.

Afghan security institutions recently announced that 414 polling stations will remain closed across the country on elections day, due to security threats.

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Hezb-e-Islami party yet to decide on poll participation http://www.khaama.com/hezb-e-islami-party-yet-to-decide-on-poll-participation-3290 http://www.khaama.com/hezb-e-islami-party-yet-to-decide-on-poll-participation-3290#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:30:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31297 Hezb-e-Islami party yet to decide on poll participation
The Hezb-e-Islami Party officials have rejected reports regarding Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s instructions to his party members to participate in the forthcoming presidential and provincial council elections. Ghairat Baheer, spokesman and head of the political affairs of Hezb-e-Islami party of Afghanistan, said they have not taken a final decision in this regard so far. Mr. Baheer rejected Read the full article...]]>
Hezb-e-Islami party yet to decide on poll participation

The Hezb-e-Islami Party officials have rejected reports regarding Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s instructions to his party members to participate in the forthcoming presidential and provincial council elections.

Ghairat Baheer, spokesman and head of the political affairs of Hezb-e-Islami party of Afghanistan, said they have not taken a final decision in this regard so far.

Mr. Baheer rejected media reports regarding Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s letter and said, Hezb-e-Islami party will review the situation carefully and will take a final decision regarding participation in the upcoming elections.

Baheer quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RFL) said, negotiations regarding the party’s participation in presidential and provincial council elections, are in process but final decision has not been taken yet.

This comes a Pakistani newspaper reported that Hezb-e-Islami party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has asked his party members to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.

“Convey to Hizb-e-Islami members to take part in the provincial councils’ elections and support those candidates who are either related to us or have a positive view about the party,” Hekmatyar said in the letter which was obtained by Tribune Express.

Hekmatyar in his letter which was forwarded to Hezb-e-Islami leaders in all 34 provinces said, “Defeat and prevent bad people from entering the assemblies.”

“Hizb-e-Islami is not directly taking part in the elections due to the presence of occupation forces but will exercise the right of vote to get those candidates elected who are close to our party and ideology,” Hekmatyar added.

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Is Karzai using BSA as Leverage in the Forthcoming Presidential Elections? http://www.khaama.com/is-karzai-using-bsa-as-leverage-in-the-forthcoming-presidential-elections-87654 http://www.khaama.com/is-karzai-using-bsa-as-leverage-in-the-forthcoming-presidential-elections-87654#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:31:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31295
By: Ahmad Shah Katawazai This year-2014- is hailed as a momentous year for the Afghan people, where three major developments are supposed to take place, including security transition resuming full responsibility of the country’s security, signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement, which is expected to be signed in the near future, and political transition which Read the full article...]]>

By: Ahmad Shah Katawazai

This year-2014- is hailed as a momentous year for the Afghan people, where three major developments are supposed to take place, including security transition resuming full responsibility of the country’s security, signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement, which is expected to be signed in the near future, and political transition which will begin with April presidential and provincial elections.

Security transition is already underway where much progress has been observed while the BSA text has been finalized and endorsed by the Loya Jirga, which will be hopefully signed in the near future.

One of the most critical, important and meanwhile challenging issue is the next presidential and provincial elections. With President Karzai constitutionally barred from running for a third term, these elections will mark the first peaceful transfer of political power and will in fact determine the future course of legitimacy and stability in a war devastated country where the fledgling democracy is taking its new roots.

Although much progress has been made regarding the structure of the electoral commissions, campaign, registration and dissemination of the electoral gadgets, however insecurity and bad weather are the most challenging and important issues, which could also be a pretext for delaying or pushing back the election date.

Insecurity is the foremost challenge at a time when Afghan forces will be responsible for it, without international military support.

Despite efforts of disrupting security, media propaganda and the uncertainty that exists on the ground significant progress has been made in this connection and the Afghan troops continue to make progress with the support of International mentors in enhancing stability in the country, while Afghan security officials have shown confidence that the country’s own forces will be able to provide security in the upcoming presidential elections. However still this is an existential threat, which needs to be, focused more in the coming months.

In the forthcoming elections so far, among the 11 candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, an eminent scholar and technocrat, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Jihadi leader, Abdullah Abdullah, former Foreign Minister and Abdul Qayyum Karzai, President Karzai brother are the front-runners.

It is widely considered that whoever among the candidates is favored by Karzai is supposed to win the coming election. Off course being in power for more than twelve years, with unique character, better attuned to the harsh realities on the ground and behind the curtains in direct communication with various figures from World Leaders till Taliban, possessing much influence and the person who feels the pulse of his people, having administration and state machinery in his control, he will be having much influence and sway over elections, in case he chooses to do so.

The critics point out that Karzai did delayed the signing of BSA in order to make sure that he has leverage and control over the election process.

But so far he has been denying any kind of support to favor a candidate or to interfere in the election process, in his statements. Also in practice the president has proved it, as he hasn’t interfered in the affairs of the election commission so far and a robust electoral structure has been established under his supervision, for the first time a legislation was adopted by the parliament that governs the polls, moreover the legislature and judiciary through a consultative process appointed the new commissioners for both the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission, while in the past the President used to make such appointments.

On the other hand the presence of about 300,000 expected, national and international observers that will monitor the forthcoming April election would hopefully be a better source for hampering election rigging on wider scale.

From Afghanistan’s 27 million population around 12 million are estimated to be eligible voters. Estimates show that most of the votes will come from the young bulge and especially the educated so called Facebook generation, where around 70 percent of the population is made up of the youths aged twenty-five or below. Thanks to social media and freedom of media in Afghanistan on wide scale, which has helped a lot in raising awareness and serve as a good source of campaign especially among the young generation.

If this Facebook generation is given the chance, they can bring positive change to the economic, social and political situation in the country. These young people unlike the past now don’t talk about where to get Kalashnikovs and arms but are interested how to see their country progressing and how to get jobs and education.

They are well familiar which politicians have popular support and can do something for their future, but how the elections are hold transparently without interference on major scale, remains to be seen.

I think for Afghan government and people education is the main concern which needs much attention and focus, even more than Taliban threat education needs to be concentrated more, because when you spread knowledge, people in general and educated people in particular will deny the existence of Taliban and extremism. Obviously in the forthcoming election in addition to the government and electoral structure, major part of responsibility also lies on the shoulder of youth bulge which makes major segment of the society and especially the educated people to come out and vote for a candidate whose commitment is to bring an establishment which has transparency and accountability as hallmark and fundamental principles.  Through such government then we can expect peace, change and betterment.

Through which way we can achieve? That is citizenship participation, a seductive promise from everyone for a transparent, successful and widespread voting for a future legitimate and successful establishment that has the majority support with which prospects for security and peace will improve rather largely.

The forthcoming elections if flawed on major scale could severely damage the legitimacy of the next government; meanwhile it would terribly undermine the attempts of its allies and US to foster democracy in this critical phase of transition. This perhaps could unleash a new wave of lethal and non-lethal support to different factions inside the country from neighbor countries, which could result in wide scale interference in the country in negative way like in the past. In such case consequences could be terrible, where the neighbor countries will pour in money and arms to use their proxies for influencing the country.

These elections if hold successfully, transparently and most importantly acceptable to most Afghans, will ensure economic prosperity, political harmony and social unity inside, garnering international support and long term commitment from outside. Meanwhile prospects for security will improve if the next President and his team receive majority support.

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Hekmatyar calls on party members to take part in Afghan elections http://www.khaama.com/hekmatyar-calls-on-party-members-to-take-part-in-afghan-elections-2688 http://www.khaama.com/hekmatyar-calls-on-party-members-to-take-part-in-afghan-elections-2688#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:51:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31273
The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in a surprise move asked his party members to participate in the upcoming presidential elections. Hekmatyar whose militnt outfit is fighting the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, had previously opposed the elections in the presence of foreign forces. “Convey to Hizb-e-Islami members to take part Read the full article...]]>

The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in a surprise move asked his party members to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.

Hekmatyar whose militnt outfit is fighting the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, had previously opposed the elections in the presence of foreign forces.

“Convey to Hizb-e-Islami members to take part in the provincial councils’ elections and support those candidates who are either related to us or have a positive view about the party,” Hekmatyar said in a letter which was obtained by the Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune.

Hekmatyar in his letter which was forwarded to Hezb-e-Islami leaders in all 34 provinces said, “Defeat and prevent bad people from entering the assemblies.”

“Hizb-e-Islami is not directly taking part in the elections due to the presence of occupation forces but will exercise the right of vote to get those candidates elected who are close to our party and ideology,” Hekmatyar added.

The decision by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is likely to boost the democratic process in Afghanistan and analysts believe it is designed to seek a future political role for Hizb-e-Islami.

Qutbuddin Hilal, who is a senior Hezb-e-Islmi party member member, is among the 11 presidential candidates who will run for the upcoming presidential elections.

Hekmatyar’s decision will further isolate the Taliban whose chief Mullah Omar rejected the elections as a waste of time in his last Eid message.

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414 polling stations to remain closed on elections day http://www.khaama.com/414-polling-stations-to-remain-closed-on-elections-day-2684 http://www.khaama.com/414-polling-stations-to-remain-closed-on-elections-day-2684#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:59:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31228 414 polling stations to remain closed on elections day
Afghan defense and interior ministry officials announced Saturday that the Afghan security institutions will not be able to provide security to 414 polling stations across the country on elections day. The presidential and provincial elections are scheduled to be organized on 5th April this year. Interior ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqi told reporters in Kabul that Read the full article...]]>
414 polling stations to remain closed on elections day

Afghan defense and interior ministry officials announced Saturday that the Afghan security institutions will not be able to provide security to 414 polling stations across the country on elections day.

The presidential and provincial elections are scheduled to be organized on 5th April this year.

Interior ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqi told reporters in Kabul that Afghan security forces will provide security to 6,431 polling stations, out of 6,845.

Mr. Sediqi further added that the security institutions of Afghanistan will cover 96 percent of the polling stations across the country.

In the meantime, Sediqi said the capabilities of the Afghan security forces have considerably increased, as nearly 900 polling stations remained close on previous elections.

The head of ground forces of Afghan National Army, Lt Gen. Murad Ali Murad said Afghan forces will remain committed to take all necessary actions to provide security for the voters on elections day.

Gen. further added that the Afghan security forces will try to provide security for 414 polling stations, or will request independent elections commissions to shift the polling stations to other areas which could be covered by Afghan security forces.

Afghan defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said, the Afghan army officers were summoned to capital Kabul to discuss steps in providing security for the upcoming elections.

The security officials also added that they have handed over the summary of the polling stations reviews and plans to independent election commission of Afghanistan.

They also added that military operations were launched in restive provinces including Kunar, Nuristan, Logar, Faryab and Badakhshan provinces to reduce security threats on elections day.

Meanwhile, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi warned that Taliban militants will step up efforts to pose security threats during elections days, however, he said that Afghan security forces are capable to thwart any major security threats.

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IEC: 300 thousand observers to monitor Afghan elections http://www.khaama.com/iec-300-thousand-observers-to-monitor-afghan-elections-3254 http://www.khaama.com/iec-300-thousand-observers-to-monitor-afghan-elections-3254#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 11:32:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31044 IEC: 300 thousand observers to monitor Afghan elections
The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced Saturday that the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections will be monitored by local and international observers. Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), said the observers will comprise representatives from the domestic and international organizations. While speaking during a conference in Read the full article...]]>
IEC: 300 thousand observers to monitor Afghan elections

The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced Saturday that the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections will be monitored by local and international observers.

Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), said the observers will comprise representatives from the domestic and international organizations.

While speaking during a conference in capital Kabul, Mr. Noor said nearly 120 domestic and international organizations have received observatory cards from the IEC so far.

Mr. Noor further added that the organizations have so far introduced 1,400 representatives to receive cards in order to monitor the upcoming elections.

He said observers from SAARC nations and European Union nations have also been invited to monitor the elections, in a bid to organize a free and fair elections across the country.

The presidential and provincial council elections are due to be organized earlier in April this year, however there are concerns that IEC has not distributed voting cards in a number of provinces, including Nuristan, Daikundi adn Helmand.

Provincial governor for Nuristan province earlier said only 16,000 voter cards were distributed in Nuristan province, while the number of voters who are eligible for voting are 70,000 people.

Officials in Daikundi, Bamiya, Ghazni and a number of other provinces have also said that voter cards have not been properly distributed by Independent Election Commission.

However, Noor Mohammad Noor said that Independent Election Commission has distributed around 3.5 million voter cards in capital Kabul and other provinces of the country.

He said around 35 percent of the voter card holders are women, and nearly 70 percent of card holders are youth generation of the country.

A number of the Afghan lawmakers who attended the conference in capital Kabul, urged for major participation of youth generation in the upcoming elections.

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Ashraf Ghani emerges as leading candidate in pre-election survey http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-emerges-as-leading-candidate-in-pre-election-survey-2652 http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-emerges-as-leading-candidate-in-pre-election-survey-2652#comments Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:09:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30879 Ashraf Ghani emerges as leading candidate in pre-election survey
According to a new survey report, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has emerged as the leading candidate as compared to other presidential candidates. Glevum Associates and its Afghan research partner AIRC in its latest survey report ‘Afghan Presidential Pre-Election National Opinion Survey Findings’ revealed that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzay currently has a 4-point lead over Read the full article...]]>
Ashraf Ghani emerges as leading candidate in pre-election survey

According to a new survey report, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has emerged as the leading candidate as compared to other presidential candidates.

Glevum Associates and its Afghan research partner AIRC in its latest survey report ‘Afghan Presidential Pre-Election National Opinion Survey Findings’ revealed that Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzay currently has a 4-point lead over his nearest rival Doctor Abdullah Abdullah (29% compared to 25%, respectively).

According to a statement released by Glevum Associates, the survey was conducted in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, with around 2,500 Afghans questioned about the upcoming elections.

The survey report consists feedbacks of 2,148 likely voters, which was conducted between November 27 and December 3, 2013 using face-to-face interviews.

Glevum Associates in its statement said that the sampling margin of error is + 2.11 with a 95% level of confidence. For subgroups, the margin of error is larger.

The survey report also revealed that Abdul Qayoom Karzai is next most popular with 8%; Professor Sayaf is at 6%; Zalmay Rasool 6%; and Rahim Wardak 5%. All other candidates are below 5% at this time. About one in ten likely voters (11%) remain undecided.

A large majority (89%) say that they would not vote for a candidate with a history of involvement in corruption. Similarly, 78% indicate that they would not vote for a candidate with a history of human rights violations, according to the survey report.

Glevum Associates in its survey report also stated that a majority of those surveyed (59%) would or might vote for a female candidate for President. Fully 82% would or might vote for a candidate who asked a woman to run as a vicepresident. Half (50%) think it important that a presidential candidate supports women having
more freedom.

In the meantime, 49% of the respondents insist that the new president must address the security issues, while 17% insisted on economic issues and only 6% of the likely voters said that the new president must address education.

The respondents were also questionned regarding the relations of the candidates with the United States, where a larger majority (71%) would vote for a candidate who wants positive relations with the United States.

Meanwhile, a sizable minority (40%) considers it important that candidates should want to keep some international troops in Afghanistan after 2014, according to the survey report.

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More Afghans to participate in upcoming elections, survey finds http://www.khaama.com/more-afghans-to-participate-in-upcoming-elections-survey-finds-2636 http://www.khaama.com/more-afghans-to-participate-in-upcoming-elections-survey-finds-2636#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:09:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30728 More Afghans to participate in upcoming elections, survey finds
According to a new survey report, more Afghans are optimistic about the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, which shows their willingness to participate in the elections scheduled earlier next year. Based on findings by Democracy International, around 85 percent of Afghans plan to participate in the upcoming presidential election. The survey report Read the full article...]]>
More Afghans to participate in upcoming elections, survey finds

According to a new survey report, more Afghans are optimistic about the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, which shows their willingness to participate in the elections scheduled earlier next year.

Based on findings by Democracy International, around 85 percent of Afghans plan to participate in the upcoming presidential election.

The survey report is based on interviews conducted in 34 provinces of Afghanistan, where around 2,500 Afghans have been questioned about the upcoming elections.

A member of Democracy International, YaseenHussaini, told reporters that 77 percent of Afghans believe that security challenges are one of the main issues which threaten the elections.

Mr. Hussaini further added that 46 percent of those who were interviewed have no idea about the security situation during election days.

According to Hussaini, only 9 percent Afghans believe that the elections will not be transparent, however, 48 percent believe that the elections will be transparent to some extent.

While 14 percent believe that the elections will be organized in a transparent way, but 28 percent said they were not sure regarding the transparency of the elections, Hussaini added.

In the meantime, 33 percent believe that Afghanistan is moving in the right direction, and described reconstruction projects and facilitation of education for girls as their main examples.

However, 21 percent believe that Afghanistan is moving in the wrong direction due to lack of security, weak governance, and growing corruption, Hussaini said.

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U.S. congress pledge $25m aids to Afghan women security forces http://www.khaama.com/u-s-congress-approves-25m-aid-to-improve-afghan-women-security-forces-3456 http://www.khaama.com/u-s-congress-approves-25m-aid-to-improve-afghan-women-security-forces-3456#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 05:59:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30691 U.S. congress pledge $25m aids to Afghan women security forces
U.S congress authorized $25 million funds to Afghan security forces, to increase Afghan women security forces numbers in order to maintain the security of women-only voting signs for the Afghan presidential election, The Daily Beast reported. The source has further added, United States want to ensure all women voting sites are handled by Women police Read the full article...]]>
U.S. congress pledge $25m aids to Afghan women security forces

U.S congress authorized $25 million funds to Afghan security forces, to increase Afghan women security forces numbers in order to maintain the security of women-only voting signs for the Afghan presidential election, The Daily Beast reported.

The source has further added, United States want to ensure all women voting sites are handled by Women police as many of the only-women voting sites in the districts and provinces may remain closed and women will not be allowed to vote if there are not enough women security forces.

According to reports, only 1 percent of Afghan national police and 0.3 percent of Afghan army are women.

This comes as there is serious debate going on between White House and Afghan Arg on the U.S-Afghanistan security deal.

President Karzai is still emphasizing on his new conditions where he wants United States promises to end airstrikes and raids on homes, in addition to helping broker peace talks with the Taliban group in a bid to end the violence in the country.

U.S. president has also recently expressed his willing to extend the deadline on Kabul-Washington security agreement and to sign it with the successor of Hamid Karzai who will be appointed on Aprill 5.

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Women prepare for historic elections in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/women-prepare-for-historic-elections-in-afghanistan-2611 http://www.khaama.com/women-prepare-for-historic-elections-in-afghanistan-2611#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:22:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30516 Women prepare for historic elections in Afghanistan
By Lally and Samim, NATO Channel In the last presidential elections, women voters and MPs faced persecution, death threats and violence. With 2014’s elections drawing near, NATO Channel speaks to female MPs who discuss the real issues facing female voters. Women’s rights have come a long way in the last 12 years in Afghanistan yet the Read the full article...]]>
Women prepare for historic elections in Afghanistan

By Lally and Samim, NATO Channel

In the last presidential elections, women voters and MPs faced persecution, death threats and violence. With 2014’s elections drawing near, NATO Channel speaks to female MPs who discuss the real issues facing female voters.

Women’s rights have come a long way in the last 12 years in Afghanistan yet the struggle for emancipation is still in its infancy.

And with the presidential elections looming ever closer, the pressure is on to ensure that the gains made for women in Afghanistan are not lost and that they can participate freely and fairly in the country’s new democracy.

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Female MP said, “2014 is very important for Afghan women. We try our best that we can mobilise women to come and participate in the election. Their vote is their strength. Of course, this is the only means that women can show their power.”

“The participation of women is very important so if women do not vote it undermines the legitimacy of the elections. Women make up half of Afghanistan’s society and so their vote is very crucial,” Zahara Sapher (human rights campaigner) said.

However, in the last presidential elections, female voters themselves faced huge problems when it came to having their voices heard and voting.

“In the last elections I saw a woman going to register for her voting card. When she came out of the office, she was killed,” said Fatima Azizi, MP representing Kunduz province.

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi said, “One of the main challenges, the physical security that we are hoping, with the support of the international community, our army that so far showed their success, they maintain that success.”

The Independent Election Commission has also committed to providing a secure environment for women to vote freely.

Noor Mohammad Noor, Spokesman, Independent Election Commission said, “We had lots of discussions with the Ministry of Interior who are in charge of security for the polling centres. We have given the same rights to both men and women.”

Indeed with a new generation of voters now registering for the first time, this security is imperative.

“This new generation that is coming – they will see themselves in a big gap, so the only means that they can narrow that gap and they can be part of the power, is to come in to vote. Otherwise no-one can understand them, no- one can feel them and they will always be isolated and their talent, the beauty of their energy, they all can get wasted,” said Farkhunda Zahra Naderi.

“I am really happy that I have registered to vote. In the last election I was too young, but now I can vote for whoever I think would be the best president,” said Nahid Bikaraan, first-time voter.

But although young women like Nahid are keen to have their voices heard, there is a deeper issue in hand.

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Female MP said, “One of the main problems for women at this stage is the uncertainty. It means that they are uncertain in their mind. Not only women, but youth, all Afghan nation – they are confused. They don’t know how this time is moving towards 2014 and election. So it is very essential to give to the general public the mental security to say that life doesn’t end in 2014. It’s just one phase is finished and a new phase is coming.”

However with a 25 per cent increase of violence against women this year alone, reported by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the fate of women in Afghanistan hangs very much in the balance.

“It is very tough. But I believe in hard work. I believe in determination. And I believe that if we get together and if we realise the time that we are right now and our small movement can bring the biggest changes in this country,” said Farkhunda Zahra Naderi.

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Afghan officials deny president Karzai suggested elections delay http://www.khaama.com/afghan-officials-deny-president-karzai-suggested-elections-delay-3138 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-officials-deny-president-karzai-suggested-elections-delay-3138#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 05:47:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30290
Officials in presidential palace deny reports regarding president Hamid Karzai’s suggestion to delay the upcoming elections due to weather issues. This comes as Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman, Yousuf Nooristani had told parliament that the issue of delaying the elections was discussed with president Hamid Karzai. Mr. Nooristani said that suggestions and complaints were made Read the full article...]]>

Officials in presidential palace deny reports regarding president Hamid Karzai’s suggestion to delay the upcoming elections due to weather issues.

This comes as Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman, Yousuf Nooristani had told parliament that the issue of delaying the elections was discussed with president Hamid Karzai.

Mr. Nooristani said that suggestions and complaints were made to president Hamid Karzai regarding the weather, and the issue was shared with him during his meeting with president Karzai.

“I told him we couldn’t because the date is set, based on the constitution and electoral law,” IEC chairman, Yousuf Nooristani quoted by Reuters said.

In the meantime, Aimal Faizi spokesman for president Hamid Karzai told Reuters, “The president will never interfere in the affairs of the election commission nor he would allow others to do so.”

President Hamid Karzai is barred to run for a third term by the Afghan constitution, and the prospect to delay the elections will likely worry United States and critics of Karzai who fear he may be trying to drag out of his second and final term.

President Karzai has refused to sign the bilateral security agreement with the United States of America, and insist that the pact should wait until a free and fair election is organized next year.

On the other hand, poor security, a shortage of monitors and funding holes are adding to the upcoming elections troubles, the organizers of elections have said.

The organizers fear that the issues are undermining their ability to to safeguard the process from the widespread fraud that marred the last poll in 2009.

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IEC announces final list of presidential election candidates http://www.khaama.com/iec-announces-final-list-of-presidential-election-candidates-2553 http://www.khaama.com/iec-announces-final-list-of-presidential-election-candidates-2553#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:35:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29993
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced the final list of candidates for presidential and provincial council elections on Wednesday. Deputy IEC chief, Abdul Rahman Hotak said, Mohammad Daud Sultanzoi who was eliminated from the preliminary list of presidential contenders, was added to the final list of presidential election candidates. Mr. Hotak further added Read the full article...]]>

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced the final list of candidates for presidential and provincial council elections on Wednesday.

Deputy IEC chief, Abdul Rahman Hotak said, Mohammad Daud Sultanzoi who was eliminated from the preliminary list of presidential contenders, was added to the final list of presidential election candidates.

Mr. Hotak further added that Mr. Sultanzoi was to the final presidential candidates list, after he provided the required documents concerning the cancellation of his dual nationality to Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on time.

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission of Afghanistan also announced Tuesday that a number of candidates were added to presidential and provincial council elections final list of contenders.

IEC officials confirmed Wednesday that 76 candidates have been added to the final list of provincial council list of candidates.

The number of candidates for presidential election, by addition of Mohammad Daud Sultanzoi increases to 11 contenders, which includes Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Edayat Amin Arsala, Zalmai Rasoul, Qotbuddin Helal, Qayoum Karzai, Gul Agha Sherzoi and Sardar Nader Naeem.

The number of contenders for provincial council election reaches to 2,713 candidates by addition of another 76 candidates to the final list, which includes 308 women.

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Another name added in Afghan presidential poll contenders list http://www.khaama.com/another-name-added-in-afghan-presidential-poll-contenders-list-2550 http://www.khaama.com/another-name-added-in-afghan-presidential-poll-contenders-list-2550#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:54:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29974 Another name added in Afghan presidential poll contenders list
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission of Afghanistan announced Tuesday that another candidate has been added to the list of presidential election candidates. Abdul Satar Sadat, chief of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission told reporters that a presidential candidate was added to the list of candidates after the complaints review was completed. Mr. Sadat further added Read the full article...]]>
Another name added in Afghan presidential poll contenders list

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission of Afghanistan announced Tuesday that another candidate has been added to the list of presidential election candidates.

Abdul Satar Sadat, chief of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission told reporters that a presidential candidate was added to the list of candidates after the complaints review was completed.

Mr. Sadat further added that 76 candidates were also added to the list of provincial council candidates, after 1,054 complaints which were registered with the Electoral Compalints Commission were reviewed.

He said the final list of the candidates was forwarded to the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), which will be announced in the near future.

Sadat also added that 40 candidates were removed from the initial list of provincial council candidates, due to the lack of proper documents.

In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor has said that the final list of candidates for presidential and provincial councial council elections will be announced in the near future.

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Explosion injure election commission employees in Ghor http://www.khaama.com/explosion-injure-election-commission-employees-in-ghor-3047 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-injure-election-commission-employees-in-ghor-3047#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:05:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29715 Explosion injure election commission employees in Ghor
At least six employees of independent election commission (IEC) were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in Ghor province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Sunday in Du Layna district after a vehicle of the IEC staff struck with a roadside bomb. A security official in Ghor security commandment, Read the full article...]]>
Explosion injure election commission employees in Ghor

At least six employees of independent election commission (IEC) were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in Ghor province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late Sunday in Du Layna district after a vehicle of the IEC staff struck with a roadside bomb.

A security official in Ghor security commandment, Noor Ali Aseri confirming the report said the health condition of an IEC employee is critical.

Meanwhile, a member of the provincial independent election commission (IEC) Salman Sharifi said three election commission employees were injured following a roadside bomb explosion.

Mr. Sharifi further added that the IEC staff were on their way back from Du Layna district after distributing voting cards when the incident took place.

He said the driver of the vehicle was also injured following the explosion. No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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Taliban group in Afghanistan launches anti-election campaign http://www.khaama.com/taliban-group-in-afghanistan-launches-anti-election-campaign-3009 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-group-in-afghanistan-launches-anti-election-campaign-3009#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2013 05:20:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29515 Taliban group in Afghanistan launches anti-election campaign
According to reports, Taliban group in Afghanistan has launched an anti-election campaign after the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar issued a fresh appeal to his supporters on Friday. Mullah Mohammad Omar in his latest appeal has reportedly urged his supporters to turn public opinion against the next year’s presidential elections. A senior Taliban leader Read the full article...]]>
Taliban group in Afghanistan launches anti-election campaign

According to reports, Taliban group in Afghanistan has launched an anti-election campaign after the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar issued a fresh appeal to his supporters on Friday.

Mullah Mohammad Omar in his latest appeal has reportedly urged his supporters to turn public opinion against the next year’s presidential elections.

A senior Taliban leader and religious cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz quoted by NBC News has said that the Taliban supporters have been tasked by their leadership to urge the public and clerics to boycott the elections next year.

“An anti-election campaign has been launched. I am here to convince the Afghan refugees residing in Quetta not to participate in elections,” Maulana Aziz told NBC while a visit to Quetta, just across the border in neighboring Pakistan.

Aziz further added, “Neither we nor any Jihad forces will participate in any election to be held before the end of the occupation of Afghanistan by the U.S. and its allies.”

He also endorsed suicide bombings on US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, but condemned bomb attacks against Muslims and innocent unarmed people, and called it an act against the teaching of Islam.

“We will fight for hundred years if necessary to free our homeland from the U.S. occupation,” Aziz said.

Maulana Abdul Aziz, 48, is chairman of the 500-member Afghan Ulema Council – a group of Muslim clerics that supports the Afghan Taliban, Hizb Islami and other Jihadi groups. He is from the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

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UN urges Afghan government to respect electoral laws http://www.khaama.com/un-urges-afghan-government-to-respect-electoral-laws-2499 http://www.khaama.com/un-urges-afghan-government-to-respect-electoral-laws-2499#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29502 UN urges Afghan government to respect electoral laws
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged the government of Afghanistan that the electoral law and Afghan constitution should be respected during the upcoming elections. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, met with the Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, on 24 Read the full article...]]>
UN urges Afghan government to respect electoral laws

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged the government of Afghanistan that the electoral law and Afghan constitution should be respected during the upcoming elections.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, met with the Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, on 24 October to discuss preparations for the 2014 elections, including issues emerging at the end of the candidate nomination period.

UNAMA following a statement said, “Afghan-led and Afghan-managed elections are at the very heart of the political transition. The Constitution must be upheld and the electoral laws respected.”

The statement further added, “The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reaffirms its commitment to support the elections at the request of Afghan authorities and institutions as mandated by the UN Security Council.”

UNAMA spokeswoman, Neelab Mobarez said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš met with the independent election commission (IEC) chief of Afghanistan Yusuf Nuristani following the announcement of the initial list of candidates.

Ms Mobarez said the two sides discussed preparations for the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections and removal of candidates from the initial list by IEC.

The presidential and provincial council elections are due to be organized in early April next year. 27 candidates had filed nominations for the presidential elections, however, the candidates were short-listed to 10 after IEC removed 16 candidates from the initial list.

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Concerns over candidates removal from Afghan presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/concerns-over-candidates-removal-from-afghan-presidential-elections-1999 http://www.khaama.com/concerns-over-candidates-removal-from-afghan-presidential-elections-1999#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:22:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29453
The election bodies in Afghanistan have expressed concerns regarding the removal of candidates from the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections. Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) following a statement welcomed the announcement of initial list of candidates by the independent election commission of Afghanistan. TEFA following a statement said that the announcement of the Read the full article...]]>

The election bodies in Afghanistan have expressed concerns regarding the removal of candidates from the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections.

Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) following a statement welcomed the announcement of initial list of candidates by the independent election commission of Afghanistan.

TEFA following a statement said that the announcement of the initial list of candidates by independent election commission was an important step towards the electoral process.

The statement further added that the announcement of the list, which shortlisted the eligible candidates will help the upcoming presidential elections to be organized in a free and fair, and transparent way.

However, TEFA expressed concerns regarding the assessment process of the candidates and urged IEC to announce the reasons behind the elimination of 16 presidential candidates from the initial list.

This comes as the ousted presidential candidates have vowed to form a coalition and fight for their rights, as IEC has explained the reasons behind their removal from the list.

The initial list of presidential and provincial council candidates was finally prepared and announced by the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Tuesday.

Independent election commission (IEC) chief, Yousuf Nuristani announced that 16 candidates have been removed from the initial list, and only 10 candidates have been declared as eligible candidates to run for 2014 presidential elections.

Mr. Nuristani told reporters that the 16 candidates were removed from the initial list due to dual nationalities, lack of 100,000 voter cards to support the specific candidates from at least 20 provinces, and other the eliminated candidates failed to comply with the other terms and conditions of the election commission.

The eligibale candidates according to IEC sources include Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Hedayat Amin Arsala, Zalmai Rassoul, Qotbuddin Helal, Qayoum Karzai, Gul Agha Sherzoi, Sardar Nader Naeem.

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Afghan intelligence issues security alert for presidential candidates http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-issues-security-alert-for-presidential-candidates-2491 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-issues-security-alert-for-presidential-candidates-2491#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:23:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29414 Afghan intelligence issues security alert for presidential candidates
Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) issued an alert to Afghan people and election candidates regarding the security threats posed by the enemies of Afghanistan in a bid to prevent 2014 presidential elections. Security issues pose a major challenge for 2014 presidential election, and a free and fair election is considered to be Read the full article...]]>
Afghan intelligence issues security alert for presidential candidates

Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) issued an alert to Afghan people and election candidates regarding the security threats posed by the enemies of Afghanistan in a bid to prevent 2014 presidential elections.

Security issues pose a major challenge for 2014 presidential election, and a free and fair election is considered to be vital for the political future of the country as NATO forces are preparing to withdraw by the end of 2014.

In the meantime, the Afghan intelligence department – National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement on Monday warned that the enemies of Afghanistan are looking to disturb the elections process through new tactics and terror plots.

The intelligence department did not disclose further information regarding the terrorists new tactics to disturb the elections, however, it suggested precautionary measures for the elections candidates in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks.

NDS in through it’s statement urged all presidential candidates to routinely check and monitor their vehicles and prevent unknown individuals to commute near their vehicles.

It also urged presidential candidates to prevent accepting gifts, specifically electronic equipments including mobile phones, computers, cameras and other packed gifts.

Afghan intelligence department insisted that Afghan security forces will take all necessary actions in a bid to prevent and thwart terrorist plans which are plotted to disturb the upcoming elections.

Afghan intelligence department issues new security alert regarding the possible attacks by militants, as the election candidates are getting closer towards the election campaigns and majority of the candidates will travel to provinces in order to campaign for the elections.

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Eight new Afghan lawmakers takes oath in Afghan parliament http://www.khaama.com/eight-new-afghan-lawmakers-takes-oath-in-afghan-parliament-2487 http://www.khaama.com/eight-new-afghan-lawmakers-takes-oath-in-afghan-parliament-2487#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:04:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29353 Eight new Afghan lawmakers takes oath in Afghan parliament
Eight newly introduced parliament members took oath on Saturday, shortly after a number of the Afghan lawmakers resigned from their position due to presidential elections. The new lawmakers include Qudratullah Sahak, Haji Abdul Qadir, Semin Barekzai, Haji Mehdawi, Zmarak Padkhwabi, Wali Niazi, Ehsan Sahibzada and Abdul Qaderi Zazai Watandost. Lawmakers who were swon in on Read the full article...]]>
Eight new Afghan lawmakers takes oath in Afghan parliament

Eight newly introduced parliament members took oath on Saturday, shortly after a number of the Afghan lawmakers resigned from their position due to presidential elections.

The new lawmakers include Qudratullah Sahak, Haji Abdul Qadir, Semin Barekzai, Haji Mehdawi, Zmarak Padkhwabi, Wali Niazi, Ehsan Sahibzada and Abdul Qaderi Zazai Watandost.

Lawmakers who were swon in on Saturday, replaced Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Hussain Alemi, Syed Hussain Anwari, Ibrahim Qaseimi, Syed Ishaq Gilani, Abdul Ahad Afzali, Mohammad Mohaqiq and Shahnawaz Hemati.

All the lawmakers except Shahnaw Hemati who passed away due to a road accident, resigned from the Afghan parliament due to presidential elections.

Semin Barekzai was among the nine Afghan lawmakers who was disqualifed by Afghan Election Commission after the final scrutiny results were announced on the controversial parliament election results.

Ms Barekzai said that she was delighted that she received another opportunity to receive another opportunity to serve the Afghan people as a young member of the parliament.

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Votes traded for $5 as Afghan presidential election looms http://www.khaama.com/votes-traded-for-5-as-afghan-presidential-election-looms-2469 http://www.khaama.com/votes-traded-for-5-as-afghan-presidential-election-looms-2469#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:30:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29268 Votes traded for $5 as Afghan presidential election looms
The illicit trade of voter cards has already begun as the presidential election looms, sparking concerns regarding the transparency of the elections which is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year. President Hamid Karzai who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third-five year term will be replaced by the winning candidate. At least Read the full article...]]>
Votes traded for $5 as Afghan presidential election looms

The illicit trade of voter cards has already begun as the presidential election looms, sparking concerns regarding the transparency of the elections which is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year.

President Hamid Karzai who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third-five year term will be replaced by the winning candidate.

At least 27 candidates have nominated for the 2014 presidential elections, including president Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karazai, former foreign minister Zalmay Rassoul, another former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and a former Islamist warlord turned parliamentarian, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf.

The United States of America and other international allies of Afghanistan are keen that the political transition should take place through a democratic process, and organization of a free and fair election.

However, the voter card trade is already starting to worry Western diplomats instructed to monitor the election for their governments

The Reuters News Agency which has interviewed an Afghan man in eastern Afghanistan, has learnt that the voter cards are traded for about $5.

Sayed Gul, who used to used to repair cars in Marco, a small town in eastern Afghanistan, has left his job and has joined a hriving industry selling the outcome of next year’s presidential elections.

Gul told Reuters that he was able to buy voter cards for 200 Pakistani rupees ($1.89) each from villagers and sell them on for 500 rupees ($4.73) to campaign managers, who can use them in connivance with poll officials to cast seemingly legitimate votes.

The voter cards are also being used as currency in parts of the northern Afghanistan, and are being exchanged for bags of rice and potatos, local officials told Reuters.

Officials in Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) has confirmed that the voter cards are traded in parts of the country. “We have heard of this and it is major concern for us. But we have certain measures in place to scrutinize the fraud,” IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said.

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Candidates number may decrease for Afghan presidential election http://www.khaama.com/candidates-number-may-decrease-for-afghan-presidential-election-1962 http://www.khaama.com/candidates-number-may-decrease-for-afghan-presidential-election-1962#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:17:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29118 Candidates number may decrease for Afghan presidential election
Officials in the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced that the number of the presidential and provincial council candidates may reduce, and the candidates who do not meet the standards of IEC will be removed. Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said that the assessment and review of Read the full article...]]>
Candidates number may decrease for Afghan presidential election

Officials in the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced that the number of the presidential and provincial council candidates may reduce, and the candidates who do not meet the standards of IEC will be removed.

Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said that the assessment and review of candidates documents has already started and those candidates whose documents have problems will be removed from the elections.

The final list of the candidates is expected to be released by Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) within the next month.

In the meantime, a commission has been formed by political leaders, tribal elders and former Mujahideen leaders in a bid to reduce the number of the presidential candidate for 2014 elections.

The 14-member commission was formed by ex-Afghan president Sebghatullah Mojadidi, and the main motive behind the formation of the commission is to convince weak presidential candidates to step down in the favor of stronger presidential candidates.

Members of the forum include political and Jihadi leaders from northern, eastern, western and southern provinces of Afghanistan, and the first meeting is expected to be organized by next week.

A member of the forum has said that they have received positive feedback from a number of the presidential candidates during initial talks, and a reduction in the candidates number will help to reduce the election costs.

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Daud Sultanzoi’s first vice-president steps down from elections http://www.khaama.com/daud-sultanzois-first-vice-president-steps-down-from-elections-1953 http://www.khaama.com/daud-sultanzois-first-vice-president-steps-down-from-elections-1953#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:10:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29077 Daud Sultanzoi’s first vice-president steps down from elections
According to reports, Ahmad Syedi Ahmad Syedi has stepped down to run as the first vice-president of Daud Sultanzoi for the upcoming presidential elections. Ahmad Syedi as an Afghan author and well known political analyst. He was named as the first vice-president by Daud Sultanzoi for 2014 presidential election. Syedi said he is stepping down Read the full article...]]>
Daud Sultanzoi’s first vice-president steps down from elections

According to reports, Ahmad Syedi Ahmad Syedi has stepped down to run as the first vice-president of Daud Sultanzoi for the upcoming presidential elections.

Ahmad Syedi as an Afghan author and well known political analyst. He was named as the first vice-president by Daud Sultanzoi for 2014 presidential election.

Syedi said he is stepping down from the presidential elections due to personal issues. “I have personal issues and problems which I can not disclose, and therefore resign as first vice-president candidate from elections.”

Mr. Syedi further added that the Daud Sultanzoi has the right to appoint another candidate as his first vice-president within the next one month.

Daud Sultanzoi appointed Ahmad Syedi as his first vice-president and Kazema Mohaqiq as second vice-president, and formally filed nomination for 2014 presidential elections on Sunday.

He was among the 27 other presidential candidates who filed nominations with the independent election commission of Afghanistan this week.

Daud Sultanzoi has not commented regarding the resignation of his first vice-president from the elections so far.

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27 Candidates nominated for 2014 Afghan presidential election http://www.khaama.com/27-candidates-nominated-for-2014-afghan-presidential-elections-2436 http://www.khaama.com/27-candidates-nominated-for-2014-afghan-presidential-elections-2436#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:33:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29029 27 Candidates nominated for 2014 Afghan presidential election
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Sunday announced that the registration process of presidential candidates for the upcoming election formally closed on Sunday evening. IEC officials called the enrolment process a major achievement after 22 candidates formally filed nominations for 2014 presidential elections. Mohammad Yousuf Nuristani, Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief formally announced the Read the full article...]]>
27 Candidates nominated for 2014 Afghan presidential election

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Sunday announced that the registration process of presidential candidates for the upcoming election formally closed on Sunday evening.

IEC officials called the enrolment process a major achievement after 22 candidates formally filed nominations for 2014 presidential elections.

Mohammad Yousuf Nuristani, Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief formally announced the closing of candidates registration process, and said 18 candidates have filed nomination for the presidential elections until 4pm today, which was the deadline of the registration process.

Mr. Nuristani further added that six other candidates have applied for candidacy before the deadline of the registration process and their applications have been accepted by IEC. However, he said that no more applications will be accepted after 4pm today.

In the meantime, Zial-ul-Haq Amar Khel, IEC secretariat chief said 2,360 candidates have nominated for provincial council elections, which includes 273 women.

Mr. Amar Khel called the registration process of candidates successful and said that participation of female candidates was satisfactory and they have received enough applications from women as it was predicted.

List of the presidential candidates, first and second vice-presidents (VP) to run 2014 presidential elections include:

  • Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, First VP – Eng. Mohammad Khan, Second VP – Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq.
  • Abdul Rahim Wardak, First VP – Abdul Ahad Afzali, Second VP – Syed Hussain Anwari.
  • Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, First VP – Abdullah Baromand, Second VP – Eng. Mohammad Abid.
  • Qotbuddin Helal, First VP – Enayatullah Enayat, Second VP – Second VP – Mohammad Ali Sakhizada.
  • Dil Aqa Kohdamani, First VP – Zalmai Hamraz, Second VP – Torpekai Azizi.
  • Syed Ishaq Gilani, First VP – Zakeria Noori, Second VP – Shaima Esmati.
  • Fazal Karim Najimi, First VP – Sabir Tamkin, Second VP – Susan Hajati.
  • Bismillah She, First VP – Mohammad Hassan Tawhidi, Second VP – Iskandar Khan Hussain.
  • Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmad, First VP – Abdul Rashid Dostum, Second VP – Sarwar Danish.
  • Sarwar Ahmadzai, First VP – Dr. Abdul Rahman, Second VP – Eng. Quraishi.
  • Hamidullah Qaderi, First VP – Mohammad Arif Baraki, Second VP – Humaira Haqmal.
  • SArdar Mohammad Nadir, First vP – Taj Mohammad Akbar, Second VP – Azizullah Pooya.
  • Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, First VP – Ahmad Zia Massoud, Second VP – Dr. Habiba Surabi.
  • Daud Sultanzoi, First VP – Ahmad Sayeedi, Second VP – Fatima Sadat.
  • Qayum Karzai, First VP – Wahidullah Shahrani, Second VP – Ibrahim Qasemi.
  • Gul Agha Sherzai, First VP – Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, Second VP – Mohammad Hashim Zareh.
  • Azizullah Ludin, First VP – Abbas Karimi, Second VP – Gen. Hamidullah Rahimi.
  • Khadija Ghaznawi, First VP – Gen. Mohammad Qasim Fayezi, Second VP – Gen. Khair Mohammad Barez.
  • Dr. Ahadi, First VP – Hashmatullah Mojadidi, Second VP – Ismail Qasemyar.
  • Hedayat Amin Arsalan, First VP – Gen. Khudaidad, Second VP – Safia Sediqi.
  • Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, First VP – Ismail Khan, Second VP – Abdul Wahab.
  • Sulaiman Ali Dostzada, First VP – Yousuf Amin Zazai, Second VP – Aziza Rahban Wardak.
  • Dr. Farooq Azam, First VP – Abdul Ghani, Second VP – Ahmadshah.
  • Nader Shah Ahmadzai, First VP – Faiz Mohammad Daqiq, Second VP – Qadam Ali Khadem.
  • Abdul Hadi Dabir, First VP – Syed Amrullah Padshah, Second VP – Nisar Ahmad Khair Andish.
  • Dawar Ahmad Nadem, First VP – Mohammad Hassan Safi, Second VP – Hosai Andar .
  • Noor-ul-Lewal, First VP – Ahmad Jan Nazari, Second VP – Rafiullah Afghani.
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Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai nominated for Afghan presidency http://www.khaama.com/karzais-elder-brother-qayum-karzai-nominated-for-afghan-presidency-1941 http://www.khaama.com/karzais-elder-brother-qayum-karzai-nominated-for-afghan-presidency-1941#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 10:42:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29018 Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai nominated for Afghan presidency
President Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Abdul Qayum Karzai on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential election. Abdul Qayum Karzai is the sixth presidential candidate who nominated for 2014 presidential elections in the last day of the nomination process. Other candidates who filed nominations with the independent election commission of Afghanistan includes Dr. Ashraf Read the full article...]]>
Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai nominated for Afghan presidency

President Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Abdul Qayum Karzai on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential election.

Abdul Qayum Karzai is the sixth presidential candidate who nominated for 2014 presidential elections in the last day of the nomination process.

Other candidates who filed nominations with the independent election commission of Afghanistan includes Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Sarwar Ahmadzai, former foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, former transport minister Hamidullah Qaderi and King Zahir Shah’s grandson Sardar Mohammad Nadir Naeem.

Karzai’s vice-presidents include former Afghan mines minister Wahidullah Shahrani and former lawmaker Ibrahim Qasemi who resigned from their positions this morning.

The presidential election of Afghanistan is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year, which will mark the transfer of power from an elected president to another elected president in the history of Afghanistan.

A successful election is seen as vital to Afghanistan’s stability, and American and European diplomats have warned that billions of dollars in aid will not materialize unless the vote is credible.

Registration process for upcoming presidential elections started on 16 September and the nomination process will be finished by this afternoon.

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Dr. Zalmai Rasoul nominated for 2014 presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/dr-zalmai-rasoul-nominated-for-2014-presidential-elections-1940 http://www.khaama.com/dr-zalmai-rasoul-nominated-for-2014-presidential-elections-1940#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 08:54:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29014 Dr. Zalmai Rasoul nominated for 2014 presidential elections
The former Afghan foreign affairs minister, Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections. Dr. Zalmai Rasoul appeared in the independent election commission of Afghanistan along with his first vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud and second vice-president Habiba Surabi. Afghan president Hamid Karzai accepted the resignation of Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Read the full article...]]>
Dr. Zalmai Rasoul nominated for 2014 presidential elections

The former Afghan foreign affairs minister, Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections.

Dr. Zalmai Rasoul appeared in the independent election commission of Afghanistan along with his first vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud and second vice-president Habiba Surabi.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai accepted the resignation of Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Saturday, the presidential palace administration announced a following a statement late Saturday.

Dr. Zalmai Rasoul is the first member of the Afghan cabinet to formally file nomination for 2014 presidential elections. Afghan mines and trade & commerce ministers, Wahidullah Shahrani and Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi have also resigned from their positions to run in the upcomign presidential elections.

Trade and commerce ministry spokesman, Wahidullah Ghazi confirmed that Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi has resigned as trade and commerce minister and will formally file nomination for 2014 presidential elections.

Mr. Ghazi further added that Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi has named former member of the Afghan high peace council, Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar and brother of Sebghatullah Mojadidi, Hashmatullah Mojadidi as his vice-president.

The registration process for presidential candidates started on 16 September, and the enrollment process will finish at 4pm on Sunday.

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Afghan mines minister Shahrani resigns to run in 2014 elections http://www.khaama.com/afghan-mines-minister-shahrani-resigns-to-run-in-2014-elections-1939 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-mines-minister-shahrani-resigns-to-run-in-2014-elections-1939#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 06:14:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29011 Afghan mines minister Shahrani resigns to run in 2014 elections
According to reports, Afghan mines minister, Wahidullah Shahrani has resigned from his position in a bid to participate in the upcoming presidential elections. Wahidullah Shahrani is the among the three Afghan ministers who have resigned to run for 2014 presidential elections. His resignation was announced along with the trade and commerce minister, Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi. Previously, Read the full article...]]>
Afghan mines minister Shahrani resigns to run in 2014 elections

According to reports, Afghan mines minister, Wahidullah Shahrani has resigned from his position in a bid to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.

Wahidullah Shahrani is the among the three Afghan ministers who have resigned to run for 2014 presidential elections. His resignation was announced along with the trade and commerce minister, Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi.

Previously, Afghan foreign affairs minister, Dr. Zalmai Rasoul resigned from his position to participate in the elections, and he is expected to file nominatin with the independent election commission today.

In the meantime, reports suggest that Azizullah Ludin, head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption has also resigned from his position to run for presidential elections.

More nominations are expected for 2014 presidential elections as the deadline for the registration process of the candidates will expire this afternoon.

Independent election commission spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor said that the presidential candidates have until 4pm today to file nominations for the elections.

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Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai nominated for presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai-nominated-for-presidential-elections-1938 http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai-nominated-for-presidential-elections-1938#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 05:49:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29008 Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai nominated for presidential elections
Former head of the security transition commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections. Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai filed the nomination along with his first and second vice-president, with the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Sunday morning. He has named Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum as his Read the full article...]]>
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai nominated for presidential elections

Former head of the security transition commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections.

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai filed the nomination along with his first and second vice-president, with the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Sunday morning.

He has named Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum as his first vice-president, and former justice minister Sarwar Danish as his second vice-president to run for 2014 presidential elections.

This comes as the registration process for presidential candidates is due to end today. Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for independent election commission of Afghanistan said the registration process will finish at 4pm today.

At least ten presidential candidates have filed nominations with the independent election commission of Afghanistan, inclding Bismillah Sher, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Abdul rahim WArdak, Syed Ahmad Gilani.

Former Afghan foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasool is also expected to file nomination for the presidential elections today.

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Ex-Defense minister Gen. Wardak runs for presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/ex-defense-minister-gen-wardak-runs-for-presidential-elections-2433 http://www.khaama.com/ex-defense-minister-gen-wardak-runs-for-presidential-elections-2433#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:43:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28993 Ex-Defense minister Gen. Wardak runs for presidential elections
The former defense minister of Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak on Saturday formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan. Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned as the senior defense advisor to president Hamid Karzai last week in a bid to take part in 2014 presidentia elections. Gen. Wardak has named Shah Abdul Ahad Read the full article...]]>
Ex-Defense minister Gen. Wardak runs for presidential elections

The former defense minister of Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak on Saturday formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan.

Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned as the senior defense advisor to president Hamid Karzai last week in a bid to take part in 2014 presidentia elections.

Gen. Wardak has named Shah Abdul Ahad Afzali as his first vice-president and Syed Hussain Anwari as his second vice-president to run for the presidential elections next year.

Three other presidential candidates including Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, brother of Abdul Ghani Ahmadzai, Qotbuddin Helal former deputy to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Syed Ishaq Gilani filed nominations for the elections in independent elections commission of Afghanistan.

Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai has named Abdullah Baromand and Abdi Nazari as his first and second vice-president, while Qotbuddin Helal has named Enayatullah Enayat and Mohammad Ali Nabizada as his first and second vice-president.

Furhter nominations are expected as the deadline for the registration process of presidential candidates is due to end by tomorrow.

In the meantime, Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai brother of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said that his brother will formally filed nomination tomorow, and he is not having any issues with his brother to run for the presidential elections.

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Gen. Dostum named first vice-president of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-named-first-vice-president-of-dr-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai-2428 http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-named-first-vice-president-of-dr-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai-2428#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:50:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28972 Gen. Dostum named first vice-president of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
According to reports, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has resigned as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a bid to participate for the upcoming presidential elections. A source close to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum confirmed the report and said that Gen. Dostum presented his resignation to president Hamid Karzai during a meeting in Read the full article...]]>
Gen. Dostum named first vice-president of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

According to reports, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has resigned as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a bid to participate for the upcoming presidential elections.

A source close to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum confirmed the report and said that Gen. Dostum presented his resignation to president Hamid Karzai during a meeting in ARG presidential palace.

Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum is expected to run for 2014 presidential elections as the first vice-president of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

He was believed to be a symoblic chairman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as president Hamid Karzai was also the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Besides, Gen. Dostum was not involved in any major policy making decisions in defense sector or other security related programs in the country.

In the meantime, a source close to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum furhter added that Mohammad Karim Khalili is also part of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s team, and the the team was formed during a meeting this evening.

Former justice minister Sarwar Danish has been elected as the second vice-president of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and the team is expected to formally file nomination for presidential elections on Sunday.

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UN special envoy calls for close supervision of Afghan election http://www.khaama.com/un-special-envoy-calls-for-close-supervision-of-afghan-election-2425 http://www.khaama.com/un-special-envoy-calls-for-close-supervision-of-afghan-election-2425#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:18:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28962 UN special envoy calls for close supervision of Afghan election
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday insisted that it is important that the upcoming presidential elections of Afghanistan is closely supervised and monitored by domestic and international observers, in a bid to organize a free and fair presidential election. United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš told reporters that quality Read the full article...]]>
UN special envoy calls for close supervision of Afghan election

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday insisted that it is important that the upcoming presidential elections of Afghanistan is closely supervised and monitored by domestic and international observers, in a bid to organize a free and fair presidential election.

United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš told reporters that quality control of the election process is vital for a free and fair elections, and the international community is ready to provide support for domestic observation efforts.

Mr. Kubis further added that the European Union, most likely the European Parliament, intend to seriously consider deploying an international observation mission.

He also added that the election process will the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) are responsible for steering the process of elections onthe side of Afghanistan.

Kubis said, “First, we will provide, and we are ready to provide urgently and immediately, support for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, as necessary – technical assistance, logistics support – anything that is needed for the Commission to start functioning as soon as possible.”

This comes as the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) officials announced to launch investigations regarding complaints filed during the nomination process of the presidential candidates.

In the meantime, Jan Kubis said that the preparations for the 2014 presidential elections was much better in comparison with previous processes in the cycles of 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010, and this has been noted by the international community.

He said, “The progress of Afghanistan in election preparations – both on the technical side but also on the political side – was highly acknowledged and was highly praised and was marked very clearly as encouraging.”

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Sayyaf files nomination for presidency with Gen. Dostum’s support http://www.khaama.com/sayyaf-files-nomination-for-presidency-with-gen-dostums-support-1933 http://www.khaama.com/sayyaf-files-nomination-for-presidency-with-gen-dostums-support-1933#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:16:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28951 Sayyaf files nomination for presidency with Gen. Dostum’s support
According to reports, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has gained support from Gen. Abdul Rahid Dostum, leader of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, to run for 2014 presidential elections. Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has reportedly reached to an agreement with the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan on Thursday and appointed Abdul Wahab Urfan as his Read the full article...]]>
Sayyaf files nomination for presidency with Gen. Dostum’s support

According to reports, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has gained support from Gen. Abdul Rahid Dostum, leader of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, to run for 2014 presidential elections.

Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has reportedly reached to an agreement with the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan on Thursday and appointed Abdul Wahab Urfan as his second vice-president.

Abdul Wahab Urfan is a member of the Afghan senate and is being supported by National Islamic Movement party of Afghanistan led by Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Afghan water and energy minister, Mohammad Ismail has been elected as the first vice-president of Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, who resigned from the Afghan parliament on Wednesday.

Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf formally filed nomination for 2014 presidential election along with his vice-president this afternoon, in Afghanistan independent election commission.

He was accompanied by Afghan parliament house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Afghan senate house speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar and a number of the other Afghan lawmakers.

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Third Afghan presidential candidate file nomination papers http://www.khaama.com/third-afghan-presidential-candidate-file-nomination-papers-1932 http://www.khaama.com/third-afghan-presidential-candidate-file-nomination-papers-1932#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:20:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28948 Third Afghan presidential candidate file nomination papers
Officials in independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Thursday announced that a third candidate formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections. IEC officials said that the third candidate, Fazal karim Najami filed his nomination along with his two vice-president, Sabir Tamkin and Susan d Hajati. According to reports, Fazal Karim Najami has previously Read the full article...]]>
Third Afghan presidential candidate file nomination papers

Officials in independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Thursday announced that a third candidate formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential elections.

IEC officials said that the third candidate, Fazal karim Najami filed his nomination along with his two vice-president, Sabir Tamkin and Susan d Hajati.

According to reports, Fazal Karim Najami has previously worked as advisor to ministry of agriculture and rural rehabilitation ministry.

His nomination is followed days after Bismillah Sher and Abdullah Abdullah filed nominations for the presidential elections with the independent election commission of Afghanistan.

Further nominations are expected as a number of high level government officials, including Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, chief of the security transition commission, and lawmaker Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf have resigned from their government posts.

The nomination process for Afghanistan presidential candidates started on 16 September, and the enrollment process ends within the next few days.

Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai, foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, and Ali Ahmad Jalali are the other potential candidates who are expected to run for the presidential run-off, after filing formal nomination with the Afghanistan independent election commission.

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Gul Agha Sherzoi resigns as Nangarhar governor over presidential bid http://www.khaama.com/gul-agha-sherzoi-resigns-as-nangarhar-governor-over-presidential-bid-1928 http://www.khaama.com/gul-agha-sherzoi-resigns-as-nangarhar-governor-over-presidential-bid-1928#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:58:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28928 Gul Agha Sherzoi resigns as Nangarhar governor over presidential bid
Provincial governor for eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan Gul Agha Sherzoi on Wednesday confirmed his resignation as Nangarhar governor. While speaking during a press conference in capital Kabul, Gul Agha Sherzoi said he will formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential election after electing his first and second vice president. Gul Agha Sherzoi said, he Read the full article...]]>
Gul Agha Sherzoi resigns as Nangarhar governor over presidential bid

Provincial governor for eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan Gul Agha Sherzoi on Wednesday confirmed his resignation as Nangarhar governor.

While speaking during a press conference in capital Kabul, Gul Agha Sherzoi said he will formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential election after electing his first and second vice president.

Gul Agha Sherzoi said, he has taken the decision to participate in 2014 presidential elections after tribal elders, religious clerics and hundreds of his supporters urged him to stand in the elections.

This comes as Afghan parliament members Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf and Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq resigned from their positions to file nomination in Afghanistan independent election commission.

Afghanistan security transition commission chief and Abdul Rahim Wardak senior advisor to president Hamid Karzai have also resigned fromt their positions.

The nomination process for Afghanistan presidential candidates started on 16 September, and further resignations from the Afghan government as the enrollment process ends within the next four days.

Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai, foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, and Ali Ahmad Jalali are the other potential candidates who are expected to run for the presidential run-off, after filing formal nomination with the Afghanistan independent election commission.

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Sayyaf resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/sayyaf-resigns-from-afghan-parliament-over-presidential-elections-1925 http://www.khaama.com/sayyaf-resigns-from-afghan-parliament-over-presidential-elections-1925#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:52:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28916 Sayyaf resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential elections
According to reports, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has resigned from the Afghan parliament in a bid to formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential elections. He is the second Afghan lawmaker who has resigned from the Afghan parliament to run for 2014 presidential run-off. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami (Islamic Unity Party) of Read the full article...]]>
Sayyaf resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential elections

According to reports, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf has resigned from the Afghan parliament in a bid to formally file nomination for the upcoming presidential elections.

He is the second Afghan lawmaker who has resigned from the Afghan parliament to run for 2014 presidential run-off. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami (Islamic Unity Party) of Afghanistan, and member of the Afghan parliametn resigned late September.

Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf announced his formal nomination for presidential elections, a day after Dr. Abdullah Abdullah formally filed nomination with the Afghanistan independent election commission.

He was among the several other potential candidates who are due to file formal nomination for presidential elections. Other potential candidates include Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who resigned from the secuity transitioon commission of Afghanistan in a bid to nominate and run for the elections.

Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai, foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, and Ali Ahmad Jalali are the other potential candidates who are expected to run for the presidential run-off.

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Dr. Abdullah formally files nomination for Afghan presidency http://www.khaama.com/dr-abdullah-formally-files-nomination-for-afghan-presidency-1920 http://www.khaama.com/dr-abdullah-formally-files-nomination-for-afghan-presidency-1920#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:27:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28891 Dr. Abdullah formally files nomination for Afghan presidency
According to reports, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the main political opposition leader of Afghanistan has formally nominated for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the national coalition of Afghanistan formally registered with the Afghanistan independent election commission to run for 2014 presidential elections. His nomination for the presidential elections comes Read the full article...]]>
Dr. Abdullah formally files nomination for Afghan presidency

According to reports, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the main political opposition leader of Afghanistan has formally nominated for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the national coalition of Afghanistan formally registered with the Afghanistan independent election commission to run for 2014 presidential elections.

His nomination for the presidential elections comes shortly after he reached to agreement regarding appointment of HIA deputy leader as the first vice-president and Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq as the second-vice president, if wins the upcoming presidential election.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is the second presidential candidate who has formally nominated with the Afghanistan Independent elections commission.

The other potential candidates for 2014 presidential elections include Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who resigned from the secuity transitioon commission of Afghanistan in a bid to nominate and run for the elections.

Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai, foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Adbul Rab Rassoul Sayaf and Ali Ahmad Jalali are the other potential candidates who are expected to run for the presidential run-off.

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Mohaqiq and Hezb-e-Islami deputy named Dr. Abdullah’s vice-president http://www.khaama.com/mohaqiq-and-hezb-e-islami-deputy-named-dr-abdullahs-vice-president-1918 http://www.khaama.com/mohaqiq-and-hezb-e-islami-deputy-named-dr-abdullahs-vice-president-1918#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:21:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28885 Mohaqiq and Hezb-e-Islami deputy named Dr. Abdullah’s vice-president
The Islamic party of Afghanistan — Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Monday announced that they have reached to agreement regarding appointment of HIA deputy leader as the first vice-president and Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq as the second-vice president, if Dr. Abdullah Abdullah wins the upcoming presidential election. Hezb-e-Islami deputy leader Eng. Mohammad Khan said the agreement was Read the full article...]]>
Mohaqiq and Hezb-e-Islami deputy named Dr. Abdullah’s vice-president

The Islamic party of Afghanistan — Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Monday announced that they have reached to agreement regarding appointment of HIA deputy leader as the first vice-president and Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq as the second-vice president, if Dr. Abdullah Abdullah wins the upcoming presidential election.

Hezb-e-Islami deputy leader Eng. Mohammad Khan said the agreement was signed after days of discussions on Monday evening, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will formally apply to Afghanistan independent election commission for registeration process.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is the leader of the national coalition of Afghanistan, and was one of the main opponents of president Hamid Karzai during 2009 presidential elections.

He is also one of the main members of the electoral alliance which was formed last month, however, it is yet not clear if his nomination will come from the electoral alliance or he will run for the elections independently.

The other potential candidates for 2014 presidential elections include Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who resigned from the secuity transitioon commission of Afghanistan in a bid to nominate and run for the elections.

Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai, foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Adbul Rab Rassoul Sayaf and Ali Ahmad Jalali are the other potential candidates who are expected to run for the presidential run-off.

Only one candidate has registered for the presidential elections after the registration process started two weeks back by independent election commission of Afghanistan.

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Afghan security transition chief resigns to run for presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/afghan-security-transition-chief-resigns-to-run-for-presidential-elections-1911 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-security-transition-chief-resigns-to-run-for-presidential-elections-1911#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:30:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28851 Afghan security transition chief resigns to run for presidential elections
According to reports, chairman of the security transition coordination commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has resigned from his position. A source close to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai confirmed the report and said the decision was taken in order to nominate himself in the upcoming presidential elections. This comes as Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai earlier had Read the full article...]]>
Afghan security transition chief resigns to run for presidential elections

According to reports, chairman of the security transition coordination commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has resigned from his position.

A source close to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai confirmed the report and said the decision was taken in order to nominate himself in the upcoming presidential elections.

This comes as Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai earlier had announced that he will run for the next presidential election of Afghanistan.

The deadline for the registration process of presidential election candidates will be completed by 6 October, and only one candidate has registered himself in the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan for 2014 presidential run-off.

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s resignation is followed by Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq’s resignation from the Afghan parliament last week. Each potential candidate is obliged to resign from government posts in order to become eligible to register for the presidential elections.

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Tensions among opposition leaders as presidential run-off looms http://www.khaama.com/tensions-among-opposition-leaders-as-presidential-run-off-looms-1898 http://www.khaama.com/tensions-among-opposition-leaders-as-presidential-run-off-looms-1898#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 04:42:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28788 Tensions among opposition leaders as presidential run-off looms
Tensions have sparked among the main opposition leaders after Mohammad Mohaqiq and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, senior members of the national front reached to an agreement with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leader of the national coalition. Haji Mohammad Mohammad Mohaqiq following a letter posted on his Facebook page criticized a number of national coalition leaders for Read the full article...]]>
Tensions among opposition leaders as presidential run-off looms

Tensions have sparked among the main opposition leaders after Mohammad Mohaqiq and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, senior members of the national front reached to an agreement with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leader of the national coalition.

Haji Mohammad Mohammad Mohaqiq following a letter posted on his Facebook page criticized a number of national coalition leaders for being failed to have a central social foundation and lack of international fame.

Mohaqiq in his letter further added that Turkey has key role in the agreement between him and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. He also criticized the demands of Uzbeks for the vice-presidentship and said that such demands are not acceptable considering the views of Afghan people.

Mr. Mohaqiq also added that Ahmad Zia Massoud is not acceptable to international community, and it was revealed during meetings with the western and eastern officials, therefore he is not willing to support the team led by Ahmad Zia Massoud.

He also added that only former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh has support among the Tajiks, however, he does not have a strong and central social foundation.

Mohaqiq also ctiticized Amrullah Saleh for being too much critical and misuse from Ahmad Zia Massoud’s power for his own targets.

However, Amrullah Saleh denied the remarks of Haji Mohaqiq and accused him of being supported by regional spy agencies. Saleh said that the expenses of Mohaqiq’s television netework ‘Rah-e-Farda’ was sponsored by intelligence agencies who are having specific goals in Afghanistan.

Amrullah Saleh in his letter also added that Haji Mohaqiq travels to three nations before taking any deicision regarding the political events of the country.

In the meantime, leader of the national front Ahmad Zia Massoud following a statement said that the national front of Afghanistan was not expecting to receive inverse accusations and remarks from an experienced politician.

Ahmad Zia Massoud further added that senior members of the national coalition believe in public votes and their decisions regarding the political situation of the country. He said that foreign nations have no role in presidential elections of Afghanistan and Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq was also not given the task in this regard.

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Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai to run for presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/karzais-elder-brother-qayum-karzai-to-run-for-presidential-elections-2408 http://www.khaama.com/karzais-elder-brother-qayum-karzai-to-run-for-presidential-elections-2408#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:13:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28738 Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai to run for presidential elections
President Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Qayoum Karzai will nominate himself for the upcoming presidential election in the near future. The report of Qayum Karzai’s nomination for 2014 presidential run-off was confirmed by Mahmood Karzai in an interview witht the BBC persian. Mahmood Karzai said, “Abdul Qayum Karzai is a nominee for the presidential elections, we Read the full article...]]>
Karzai’s elder brother Qayum Karzai to run for presidential elections

President Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Qayoum Karzai will nominate himself for the upcoming presidential election in the near future.

The report of Qayum Karzai’s nomination for 2014 presidential run-off was confirmed by Mahmood Karzai in an interview witht the BBC persian.

Mahmood Karzai said, “Abdul Qayum Karzai is a nominee for the presidential elections, we have collected 350,000 vote cards for him, and he will apply for his nomination in indepedent election commission of Afghanistan.”

This comes as earlier reports suggested that president Hamid Karzai was supporting Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf for the presidential election, however, Mahmood Karzai said that he will support Qayoum Karzai.

Qayoum Karzai is the fourth potential nominee for the presidential election, and follow Dr. Abdull Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Only one candidate has formally registered his name for the presidential election so far. Bismillah Sher is an Afghan business and has nominated for 2014 elections.

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Mohaqiq resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential run-off http://www.khaama.com/mohaqiq-resigns-from-afghan-parliament-over-presidential-run-off-1892 http://www.khaama.com/mohaqiq-resigns-from-afghan-parliament-over-presidential-run-off-1892#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:41:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28711 Mohaqiq resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential run-off
According to reports, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami (Islamic Unity Party) of Afghanistan, and a senior member of the national front of Afghanistan has resigned from Afghan parliament. Mohaqiq has confirmed that the reason behind resignation from parliament was due to elections activities for the forthcoming presidential run-off, scheduled earlier next year. This Read the full article...]]>
Mohaqiq resigns from Afghan parliament over presidential run-off

According to reports, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami (Islamic Unity Party) of Afghanistan, and a senior member of the national front of Afghanistan has resigned from Afghan parliament.

Mohaqiq has confirmed that the reason behind resignation from parliament was due to elections activities for the forthcoming presidential run-off, scheduled earlier next year.

This comes as a member of the electoral alliance of Afghanistan on Monday said that Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq will run for 2014 presidential elections together with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq and Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal have been nominated for the vice-president position.

Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal is one of the promiment members of Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic Party of Afghanistan), and is currently leading the council of Islamic party of Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq on Monday said that negotiations are in progress with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah regarding his nomination as second vice-president, however, they have not reached to an agreement so far.

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Afghanistan – The Evolving Election Scenario http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-the-evolving-election-scenario-90987 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-the-evolving-election-scenario-90987#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:20:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28614 Afghanistan – The Evolving Election Scenario
By Dr. Hussain Yasa Nominations for the Afghani presidency opened on the 16th September and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be turned into one great reality TV show, watched by the world, while the candidates practice our unique brand of politics. In the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan – The Evolving Election Scenario

By Dr. Hussain Yasa

Nominations for the Afghani presidency opened on the 16th September and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be turned into one great reality TV show, watched by the world, while the candidates practice our unique brand of politics. In the run up to nominations, the alternating announcements of electoral coalitions and rumors that the election will not happen, have given a taste of the intricate tactics involved in Afghan politics. However the 2014 poll is different from the elections in 2004 and 2009. In both of those elections the incumbent was widely expected to win. That is the one outcome which is ruled out in the 2014 election because of the bar on the President standing for a third time. This time the election scenario involves three contests rolled into one. The first contest is between those prepared to participate in the Kabul-based political system and those trying to overthrow it by force, which boils down to the Taliban versus the rest. If any candidate is elected legitimately in April 2014 it will mark a victory for those who support democratic politics. The second contest is over the nature of the elections, between those who try to ensure that there is a popular mandate and those trying to grab control of the electoral machinery to rig the elections. The third contest is the one which has been shaping up between the emerging coalitions. It boils down to the contest between palace and opposition over how different the new team in the presidency should be from that which has struggled to rule Afghanistan over the past decade. This analysis of the evolving scenario takes a look at the current state of the three contests.

The first contest – violent extremism versus Kabul-based politics

The latest generation of jihadists is fighting to overthrow the Kabul-based political system and reject the idea of trusting elections to choose Afghanistan’s leader. The most famous group in the armed opposition is the Taliban. However, as the war has continued, various Afghan factions have come to operate under the Taliban flag, with backing from jihadist circles in Pakistan and what remains of Al Qaeda’s international militant alliance. Although apparently marginalized less influential than before, Hizb-e Islami leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar still operates alongside those who have preferred fighting over peaceful politics. The Taliban have a clear vision of eliminating their opponents by force. The Taliban have unambiguous faith in their ideology, life style and peculiar interpretation of religion. They do not believe in democracy and still follow their distant dream to implement a “Khilafat” headed by their Amir-ul-Mominin (The leader of faithful), the notorious Mullah Omar. They are committed to toppling the fragile system and hope to dominate Afghanistan as the victorious force after the withdrawal of the US-led ISAF.

The second contest – palace politics and popular mandate versus rigging

Karzai led regime (L’ETAT C’EST MOOI)

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President Hamed has been ruling over Afghanistan since the fall of Taliban in late 2001. With the wholehearted support of US and its international partners, he managed to lead Afghanistan over the last decade with many positive and undesirable developments.

Following the same line of his predecessors, Karzai is deeply reluctant to step down. He is busy conceiving plans about how to remain in power indirectly through his loyalists in the palace. His body language suggests that he has not really accepted that he was elected president twice for a specific time period. Instead he seems to believe that ruling over this war torn country is his God given right.

His last two elections were flawed and in 2009 his bid to win in one round was declared fraudulent. Interestingly the world never really punished their Afghan client for his ballot stuffing and engineering of electoral results. Apparently they thought that Afghan democracy needs more time to mature. But on the contrary, in our dealing with election-rigging the whole democratization process and achievements of the twelve year international mission in Afghanistan are at stake.

The palace team of experienced election riggers has a lot of opportunities, including the flawed electoral system, the absence of an authentic census and voter list, millions of fake voter cards, unlimited resources with the partial administration and local governments, insecurity, a weak election commission. These are all aspects of the election they may seek to exploit so as to obtain the result they desire. There are hopes that the palace will be less willing or able to conduct as large scale centralized rigging as in 2009. Wisely, the donor community has already warned that any effort to alter the poll results will jeopardize Afghanistan’s future aid prospects. The government would do well to take note. We now have a new election law and election stakeholders are working their way through a list of anti-fraud measures.

The second, tactic of Karzai is to divide and rule the opposition. Most of them have gathered in the “Electoral Alliance”. He is trying to pick them off by offering them political bribes.

At the same time Karzai has held off clearly endorsing any serious candidate to become his successor. He has multiple standby candidates who engage the various opposition strongmen in fake negotiation but are not serious about pursuing any real power sharing formula. Some see the lack of an anointed palace candidate as evidence of Karzai’s clever game. It is just as plausible that Karzai and the palace have simply failed to get their inner team to agree on the so-called consensus figure.

Ultimately, if he could get away with it, Karzai would be open to alternatives to an election, like a Loya Jirga (Grand National Assembly with delegates hand-picked by the palace) or an announcement of a state of emergency by magnifying the security issues and declaring that the overall situation doesn’t support elections. He could try to buy the support of parliament for such a move through mass horse trading.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has already issued press release warning that that some circles are pushing for postponement of the polls.

The third contest – coalitions versus the palace 

Electoral Coalition (EC)

The newly formed Electoral Coalition is mainly composed of two previous strong opposition alliances, the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) led by Ahmad Zia Massoud and the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The Electoral Alliance also includes other power brokers such as Atta Mohammad Noor, the strongman of the Northern Balkh Province.

The leaders around EC are mostly old members of the Northern Alliance who resisted Taliban occupation and helped the US led coalition oust the Taliban from power. The alliance includes a few Pashtuns. But the king-makers of the EC all belong to the non Pashtun communities, the Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

The Electoral Coalition draws its popular support through parties with significant mass base. These include Jamiat-e Islami led by Salahuddin Rabbani, the son of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the founder of the Party killed by the Taliban in September 2011. The other mass-based parties include the People’s Unity Party of Afghanistan led by Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the strongman of Hazaras and the Junbesh Party led by Gen, Abdur Rashid Dostum the leading  strongman from the Northern Uzbek community.

Even though Dr. Abdullah Abdullah had announced his candidacy for the upcoming Presidential Elections much before the formation of the EC, now he says that he will follow the decision of the alliance on the issue of his candidacy. No one else from this alliance has yet stepped forward as the candidate to challenge the palace.

Many believe that the EC still lacks the faith, courage and enthusiasm to win the upcoming Presidential Elections. But the members of the EC have had their minds focused by the prospect of the post election situation, with the withdrawal of ISAF, the threat of takeover of Taliban by force, the
growing sense of insecurity among the communities involved in the resistance against the Taliban and economic challenges. The contest is a survival issue.

The king-makers of the EC have conflicting interests on various issues. But their common minimum approach is the same. None of them trusts Karzai and all of them are afraid of Taliban.

Another fact cannot be ignored. Two important figures in today’s EC were the main vote-getters for Karzai in the 2009 elections. And still he could not manage to get 51%. A palace endorsed candidate this time cannot draw on the same vote bank which Karzai used to scrape home last time.

Some critics suspect that the coalition may not survive the upcoming hectic days of the nomination process where the power-brokers face the all important question of who should be their joint candidate. This means that the electoral process is working towards a contest between Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and whoever the palace finally endorses as their preferred candidate.

Doctors without Borders

This is the name given to the team led by Dr. Zulmai Khalilzad, the former US ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai former Cabinet Minister. Ali Ahmad Jalali, the former Interior Minister (also an American citizen) and Qayoum Karzai, the elder brother of President Karzai. All of them wished to become the next president but none of them has any mass support to pose a reasonable challenge to the EC.

They have been busy in trying to win the support of strongmen from non Pashtun communities. But at the end of the day it seems that they are not successful to do so.

Right and Justice Party

The Party is led by Hanif Atmar, the former Cabinet Minister. At its formation two years back the party which mainly consisted of the defectors from other parties. It has grown up to the level where it should be taken seriously. But still many believe that it lacks the mass support to have a chance in the presidential elections. Although, Atmar has been in the opposition, he has refrained from joining any non-Pashtun led opposition alliance – neither the ANF nor the NCA.

His reluctance to join those main opposition alliances could be due to his ambition to lead the opposition or a probable fear of provocation Pashtuns by shaking hands with the anti Taliban figures or parties. Nevertheless he was an active member of the Consultative Council of 23 opposition Political parties, most of them now in the EC. Atmar is a resilient politician and a talented technocrat who has tried desperately to gain the support of the same king-makers of the non Pashtun communities but has so far been unsuccessful. He has another problem which is not usually discussed on the open forums. He belongs to the Eastern province of Laghman. The elders of Southern Pashtun tribes seem to be reluctant to shift power from South to East although both are Pashtuns.

Afghanistan Social Democratic Party (Afghan Millat)

It is led by Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady, the current Minister of Commerce. Afghan Millat has a long history in Afghan Politics. The Party is famous for its ultra Pashtun ethnocentrism but it denies the perception and claims that the party has a comprehensive national agenda.

Afghan Millat has good support among the Pashtun liberals and educated class. But Dr. Ahady’s misfortune is that the class does not have any decisive role for the time being in shaping Pashtun politics. He has also announced he is a candidate. On the other hand president Karzai is blamed for the fragmentation of the party into various factions. In brief the Party is not in a position to emerge as a significant player of this process

There are few more alliances and parties wish to play role in the process but for the time being most of the analysts don’t believe any significant role from smaller groups.

Conclusion

We can draw six main conclusions from this review of the election scenario.

Firstly, the political system operating in Kabul is a hybrid one in which both political parties and regional power-brokers play a key role in mobilizing electoral support. Despite ten years of effort by the Afghan government to restrict the growth of political parties and to malign them as responsible for the conflict, Afghan parties have survived. The government’s attempt to establish a non-party system has failed.

Secondly, President Karzai seems set to become Afghanistan’s Musharraf. The presidential palace has failed to come up with a credible succession strategy. Neither have they found a way of keeping Karzai in power nor have they found a viable candidate who can keep together the hotchpotch of interests which have gathered in the palace in recent years. Like Musharraf, Karzai has a strong sense of self-importance and seems determined to scheme until the end. But the President and the world are on course to discover that, just like Musharraf, Karzai is dispensable.

Thirdly, the main focus for Karzai’s political scheming has now become his effort to break up the Electoral Alliance. So far all efforts to seduce its members have failed and this is starting to look like Karzai’s toughest political challenge.

Fourthly postponing the election, long favored by some palace players as a way of staying on in power a bit longer, seems no longer a serious option. Courtiers periodically raise alarms about security in the Pashtun south, argue that elections are impossible or float ideas of a transitional government. But the momentum in the country towards elections has built up and Afghanistan’s international donors have signaled that they will not tolerate messing with the timetable. Elections are never pretty, but they are better than any available alternative.

Fifthly, the electoral arithmetic is such that Afghanistan now has a real prospect of electing a non-Pashtun president. This of course would go directly against the oft-stated assumption that only a Pashtun is fit to run the country. Karzai’s legacy may well end up be a mixture of blame and credit as the Pashtun who handed power to someone from the north. If a non-Pashtun is elected, it will be as a result of the palace’s botched attempts at divide and rule.

Sixthly, precisely because palace scheming has not yet delivered a convincing political strategy to assure continuity there is still a risk of Karzai reverting to his spoiling behavior with gross interference in the electoral process. Friends of Afghanistan would be well-advised to be ready to deal with this eventuality. Afghanistan’s lawful opposition faces the same dilemma – their political strategy must include contingency planning for dealing with presidential sabotage of the process. Naivety does not pay in Afghanistan.

Dr. Hussain Yasa is the Chief Editor of the daily Outlook Afghanistan and the Coordinator of the Munich Process

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Kunduz election commission chief shot dead by gunmen http://www.khaama.com/kunduz-election-commission-chief-shot-dead-by-gunmen-1864 http://www.khaama.com/kunduz-election-commission-chief-shot-dead-by-gunmen-1864#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:15:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28573 Kunduz election commission chief shot dead by gunmen
Unknown gunmen assassinated independent election commission (IEC) chief for northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, local officials confirmed. Provincial security chief Gen. Ibadullah Talwar said the incident took place early Wednesday morning in northern Kunduz city after unknown gunmen riding motorcyle opened fire on Eng. Amanullah Aman. Mr. Talwar further added that Kunduz IEC cheif died Read the full article...]]>
Kunduz election commission chief shot dead by gunmen

Unknown gunmen assassinated independent election commission (IEC) chief for northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, local officials confirmed.

Provincial security chief Gen. Ibadullah Talwar said the incident took place early Wednesday morning in northern Kunduz city after unknown gunmen riding motorcyle opened fire on Eng. Amanullah Aman.

Mr. Talwar further added that Kunduz IEC cheif died of his wounds after he was taken to hospital.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. The assailant gunmen managed to flee the area, and Afghan security forces have launched in investigation in this regard.

The assassination of Kunduz IEC chief takes place amid growing concerns regarding deteriorating security situation in the country, as Afghanistan is getting closer to presidential elections.

Senior Afghan security officials including defense minister, acting interior minister and acting Afghan intelligence chief on Tuesday expressed concerns regarding the security situation of the country.

The officials briefed Afghan lawmakers and said that security remains a major challenge for the upcoming presidential elections.

Head of the parliamentarian commission for defense affairs Daud Asas also expressed concerns regarding growing instability across the country, and said that a free and fair election will not be possibel if security situation does not improves.

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Afghanistan presidential race formally kicks off http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-presidential-race-formally-kicks-off-1853 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-presidential-race-formally-kicks-off-1853#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:28:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28527 Afghanistan presidential race formally kicks off
The independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Monday formally started the registration process of candidates for the next presidential election. The registration process which will continue until October 6, marks the formal kick off for presidential race, which is due to be organized earlier in April next year. Winner of the next presidential election Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan presidential race formally kicks off

The independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Monday formally started the registration process of candidates for the next presidential election.

The registration process which will continue until October 6, marks the formal kick off for presidential race, which is due to be organized earlier in April next year.

Winner of the next presidential election will oversee the final phases of the NATO troops withdrawal from the country, besides facing tremendous security challenges.

A free and fair election, acceptable to the international community is considered to be vital for the future Afghanistan and international community’s commitment to the country, since the economy of Afghanistan heavily relies on foreign assistance.

Various political parties and coalitions have recently increased their political activities to form electoral alliance, and pave the way for a free and fair presidential election.

A number of electoral alliances have already formed, which are comprised of various political parties, and are due to introduce their candidate to run for the elections. However, still there are no clear favorites in the race.

In the meantime, recent reports suggest that former national security adviser and current foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul will likely nominate himself for the presidential elections. He is reportedly supported by president Hamid Karazi, who has urged a number of political parties to support Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.

Other potential candidates include Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Hanif Atmat, Farooq Wardak and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayaf.

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Electoral alliance formed for Afghanistan presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/electoral-alliance-formed-for-afghanistan-presidential-elections-1824 http://www.khaama.com/electoral-alliance-formed-for-afghanistan-presidential-elections-1824#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:55:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28302 Electoral alliance formed for Afghanistan presidential elections
A number of political parties on Thursday announced the formation of a new electoral alliance for the upcoming presidnetial elections, which scheduled to be organized earlier next year. The new electoral alliance is formed with the motive to jointly participate in next year’s presidential election and jointly work to change the current political system of Read the full article...]]>
Electoral alliance formed for Afghanistan presidential elections

A number of political parties on Thursday announced the formation of a new electoral alliance for the upcoming presidnetial elections, which scheduled to be organized earlier next year.

The new electoral alliance is formed with the motive to jointly participate in next year’s presidential election and jointly work to change the current political system of Afghanistan.

The alliance includes National Coalition of Afghanistan, National Movement of Afghanistan, Wahdat-e-Islami party, Afghanistan green trend, Islamic people’s party, Justice and development party, Iqtidar-e-millie and a number of other political parties.

The members of the new electoral alliance said that a single candidate will be nominated by them in the near future, to stand for the upcoming presidential elections.

This comes as a number of political parties leaders, members of the coalition parties and other prominent political leaders met in capital Kabul on Monday night to discuss and find a political solution for a free and fair elections.

The meeting was organized in the residential house of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the Junbish-e-Millie (National Movement) Afghanistan in capital Kabul.

The participants of the meeting included Ata Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh province, former US ambassador to United Nations and Iraq Zalmai Khalilzad, former Afghan interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan and one of the main political opposition of the Afghan government.

Leader of the National Front of Afghanistan (Jabha-e-Millie), Ahmad Zia Massoud, promiment political leader and member of the National Front Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, former Afghan spy chief and leader of the Afghan Green Trend, Amrullah Saleh, elder brother of president Karzai, Qayoum Karzai, Afghan lawmaker Mohammad Younus Qanooni and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum were the promiment political leaders who attended the meeting tonight.

The upcoming presidential elections will mark the transfer of power from an elected president to another elected president in the history of Afghanistan.

A successful election is seen as vital to Afghanistan’s stability, and American and European diplomats have warned that billions of dollars in aid will not materialize unless the vote is credible.

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UN special envoy says security central to ensure inclusive elections http://www.khaama.com/un-special-envoy-says-security-central-to-ensure-inclusive-elections-1814 http://www.khaama.com/un-special-envoy-says-security-central-to-ensure-inclusive-elections-1814#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:54:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28263 UN special envoy says security central to ensure inclusive elections
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš welcomed progress for the presidential and provincial council elections, scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year. Ján Kubiš met with the Chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani and discussed the preparations for the 2014 elections. United Read the full article...]]>
UN special envoy says security central to ensure inclusive elections

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš welcomed progress for the presidential and provincial council elections, scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year.

Ján Kubiš met with the Chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani and discussed the preparations for the 2014 elections.

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) following statement said, “Special Representative Kubiš was encouraged by continued progress which means that, around seven months prior to the 5 April 2014 polls, preparations are further advanced than previous Afghan elections. Recent steps by Afghan authorities include the approval of a legal framework, the appointment of election commissioners under a new consultative process, and initial assessments by security institutions.”

The statement further added, “These are all key elements of a robust electoral architecture and environment for the conduct of credible polls. Security will be central to ensuring inclusive elections and is one area requiring increased attention.”

The UN Special Representative during his meeting with Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani also welcomed the endorsement of the United Nations’ electoral support project, ELECT II (Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow, second phase) by the election of Afghanistan, which is considered to be an important step in ensuring the continuity of electoral preparations including mobilization of necessary international donor assistance.

In the meantime, UNAMA expressed it’s concern regarding the lack of a civil society representative during the selection process for the IEC – as stipulated by law – and called it disappointing.

UNAMA urged that there is a chance to remedy this in the selection of the IECC. The UN Special Representative encourages an inclusive process resulting in the appointment of qualified and widely respected complaints’ commissioners.

The creation of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) is the next step with the presidential decree of 20 August 2013 directing its rapid establishment, UNAMA said.

UNAMA called on all parties to constructively engage in efforts to ensure that the elections are held according to the Constitution and the IEC’s timeline, and insisted that an Afghan-led and Afghan-managed 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections are at the very heart of a credible, inclusive, transparent, and sustainable political transition.

“A smooth and widely accepted transfer of political authority is critical for future stability,” the statement by UNAMA said, adding that, “UNAMA reaffirms its commitment to support the elections at the request of the Afghan authorities and institutions as mandated by the UN Security Council.”

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Meeting in Gen. Dostum’s residence focus on Afghan elections http://www.khaama.com/meeting-in-gen-dostums-residence-focus-on-afghan-elections-2370 http://www.khaama.com/meeting-in-gen-dostums-residence-focus-on-afghan-elections-2370#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 03:56:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28230 Meeting in Gen. Dostum’s residence focus on Afghan elections
Various political parties, political coalitions and prominent political leaders of the country have boosted their efforts, as the next presidential elections of the country is getting closer. The next presidential elections of Afghanistan is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year, which is considered a key event for democratic transition of power from Read the full article...]]>
Meeting in Gen. Dostum’s residence focus on Afghan elections

Various political parties, political coalitions and prominent political leaders of the country have boosted their efforts, as the next
presidential elections of the country is getting closer.

The next presidential elections of Afghanistan is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year, which is considered a key event for democratic transition of power from an elected president to the next president of Afghanistan.

A number of political parties leaders, members of the coalition parties and other prominent political leaders met in capital Kabul on Monday night to discuss and find a political solution for a free and fair elections.

The meeting was organized in the residential house of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the Junbish-e-Millie (National Movement) Afghanistan in capital Kabul.

The participants of the meeting included Ata Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh province, former US ambassador to United Nations and Iraq Zalmai Khalilzad, former Afghan interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan and one of the main political opposition of the Afghan government.

Leader of the National Front of Afghanistan (Jabha-e-Millie), Ahmad Zia Massoud, promiment political leader and member of the National Front Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, former Afghan spy chief and leader of the Afghan Green Trend, Amrullah Saleh, elder brother of president Karzai, Qayoum Karzai, Afghan lawmaker Mohammad Younus Qanooni and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum were the promiment political leaders who attended the meeting tonight.

A spokesman for the National Front of Afghanistan (Jabha-e-Millie), Faizullah Zaki said, the main motive behind tonight’s meeting was to seek political solutions in a bid to create trust and unity among the political parties and coalitions of the country.

Mr. Zaki further added that the participants of the meeting discussed political solutions to organize a free and fair elections which should be free of any frauds, in a bid to organize a successful election that should lead to the formation of a legitimate government.

The upcoming presidential elections will mark the transfer of power from an elected president to another elected president in the history of Afghanistan.

A successful election is seen as vital to Afghanistan’s stability, and American and European diplomats have warned that billions of dollars in aid will not materialize unless the vote is credible.

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Instability remains a major challenge for the upcoming presidential elections http://www.khaama.com/instability-remains-a-major-challenge-for-the-upcoming-presidential-elections-1762 http://www.khaama.com/instability-remains-a-major-challenge-for-the-upcoming-presidential-elections-1762#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 06:26:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28007 Instability remains a major challenge for the upcoming presidential elections
BY: AHMAD SHAH KATAWAZAI  These days Kabul is rife with politicking particularly regarding the forthcoming elections. The coming months are especially important for the country where the first peaceful transfer of power is expected to take place in the new western backed fledgling modern democracy. This is also very important in the country history because Read the full article...]]>
Instability remains a major challenge for the upcoming presidential elections

BY: AHMAD SHAH KATAWAZAI 

These days Kabul is rife with politicking particularly regarding the forthcoming elections. The coming months are especially important for the country where the first peaceful transfer of power is expected to take place in the new western backed fledgling modern democracy. This is also very important in the country history because (a) most of the international troops will be withdrawn by then in April 2014 when elections are expected to take place (b) pivotal Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is expected to be signed in the near future (c) Talks with Taliban have potentially resumed after it had stalled with the opening of Taliban Office in Qatar.

Building coalition are under way, conspiracy theories and prediction regarding expected presidential election candidates are on the rise which are hotly debated around. Also the terror campaign from the insurgent’s side has taken its worse shape, insecurity, fight, terror and intimidation has further increased these days. To add fuel to fire the western media propaganda especially in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the international forces in the name of so called 2014 that with their withdrawal doomsday will hover over Afghans is spreading an umbrella of mistrust and suspicion over the masses.

However despite of major significant challenges the Afghan government has shown its firm commitment to hold election on its scheduled time.

Afghan president took an important step toward Peaceful transfer of power next year. The election slated for April would mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country. The election will be the most important Afghanistan political development and significant achievement in the year 2014 in addition to taking full security responsibility in the current year.

About month ago the country’s new Election Law on the Duties and Structures of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) was ratified by the Afghan president Hamid Karzai. The enactment of these laws laid to rest much of the criticism and objections on government and hope is there that democracy will take systematic roots in the country.  Candidates are now allowed to openly run for next year’s presidential election and embark on a full-fledged election campaign.

Significant number of independent observers is expected in the forthcoming election which will monitor the electoral process and ensure transparency and fairness of the process.

Number of political parties is gathering from months in order to avoid overcrowded field of candidates like in the past and agree on nominating a single candidate for the upcoming presidential election thereby avoiding rift and dissemination of ballots among different groups.

No official candidate has emerged yet, but different politicians and parties are deeply involved in consultation and hobnobbing.

But the so called single coalition and political parties gathering apparently seems, has failed to reach an agreement and a consensus is not expected to emerge, as evident from their failed meetings to agree on a single candidate. The major political parties’ leaders have shown mistrust and doubts on reaching to any agreement.

However this will get clear in the near future as filing date for nomination for the presidential and provincial council elections has been schedules by the Independent Election Commission (IEC)to begin on September 16th.

After long time ambiguities and negative propagandas, at the moment its seems that major suspicions have been laid to rest and the elections are going to be held. The clock is ticking towards positive so far. Common people are optimistic that the elections will take place on time, as the international community especially U.S. are now mainly focused on Afghanistan’s upcoming political transition, they are putting pressure on the Afghan government to hold election on its scheduled time and bluffing that cut of funds could result on a major scale if there is any delay in it. Cut in funds could plunge the country in a chaos when major part of the country economy is supported by the donor countries.

However enormous challenges and problems still exist in front of the forthcoming election which needs serious consideration both nationally and internationally.

a)      Security is the foremost challenge which could endanger and affect the election to major extent. According to Mr. Nooristani, the Independent Election Commission chairman, his major concern is the lack of security which could bring election under question.

This is a fact that security and election are interlinked and It is a challenging task for the Afghan security forces to spread out across the whole country in the far flung areas and secure the polling centers where in some areas still Taliban have a major sway.

The Insurgents have stepped up their attacks in remote areas as the election date is approaching.

b)      In the past presidential elections (in some areas e.g. Mazar-e- Sharif) some segments of the population (mainly Pashtuns constituencies) in the pretext of insecurity were excluded  from election, this if repeated could invalidate and delegitimize the next government having bitter consequences, aiding on one hand ethnic rift while on the other hand divert people support to the insurgents.

c)      Transfer of ballot boxes to insecure areas is also challenging task for the government.

d)      Weather will be severely cold when the elections are held. In some cold areas it will be difficult for the people to cast their ballots. Around half of the provinces will be snow bound by then when the elections are held, it will be enormously challenging for the people to cast their ballots due to severe cold and blockade of ways due to snow.

e)      Neighbor countries mainly Iran and Pakistan meddling in the election process and their financial support to some specific groups are a major challenge. Weak and porous borders with neighbor countries are also a source of their interference in the country political affairs.

f)       Rigging of election is also an expected challenge, concerns are raised by the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) accusing that during the last two months in about 25 provinces around 10,000 under-age people who don’t have valid ID cards, have been issued election cards. According to FEFA report released this Wednesday insecurity, fraud and registration violation has marred the country voter registration drive from the very beginning.

g)      Though it’s very late and yet the election complaint commission hasn’t been established.

h)      Exact and precise numeric of population doesn’t exist; same applies to the issuance of cards to the masses.

i)        Lack of strong political parties, increasing influence of warlords in the election process

j)        Ethnic rifts, undemocratic negative competition among politicians and different group,

k)      Lack of better monitoring system

l)        Existence of Illegal armed groups and individuals

m)   Insurgent, Mafia and foreign intelligence apparatus which is active in the country will try to disrupt or have sway over the election process

n)       People lack of confidence and mistrust is also a challenge which needs  an effort to recover back

Fundamental question in front of the aforementioned challenges is, if the Election Commission fails to announce the result at the end, what will be the consequence of that and what solution will be sorted out at that time?

Indeed these elections are very important and historic; this will be a peaceful transfer of power which could be observed very rare in the history of Afghanistan.

Definitely the aforementioned challenges could be addressed if steps are taken on proper time from now.

For example In the areas where security peril exists it could be addressed, like in accordance to the election law if in a constituency there is a security problem the independent election commission may suspend the election from the specified area until the removal and improvement of the security condition.

Indeed the insurgents would try to disrupt the voting process, they will intimidate the people causing insecurity in some areas and it is an open secret that the insurgents have influence and control over some areas in the country where no ballots could be casted.

The elections are not faced only with security challenges; there is plethora of challenges facing this nascent fledgling democracy where both internal and external pressures exist. However if from now bold and audacious steps are taken by the government and civil society, these existing and expected problems and challenges could be overcome.

Security, inclusivity, transparency and credibility of the election are the most significant determining factors for the legitimacy of the next government. The elections are needed to be fair and transparent to greater extent which could result as accepted nationwide.

The Afghan nation expects a lot from the newly appointed commissioners to meet their hopes which are expected to defy all pressures from inside and outside the country in front of the forthcoming elections.

Though significant encouraging steps have been taken by the government particularly the enactment of electoral laws, but still there is a long way to go and it remains to be seen whether the government will be able to address the myriad challenges ahead which still remains unaddressed.

Any manipulation or failure to conduct nationwide inclusive and credible election could endanger the whole process and could descent in chaos the already fragile country in more problems.

Mr. Katawazai is a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

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FEFA informs of widespread fraud in voter registration process http://www.khaama.com/fefa-informs-of-widespread-fraud-in-voter-registration-process-2343 http://www.khaama.com/fefa-informs-of-widespread-fraud-in-voter-registration-process-2343#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:04:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27958 FEFA informs of widespread fraud in voter registration process
The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) announced that thousands of violation and frauds were noted during the first round of voter registration process for the upcoming presidential election. The Chief Executive of FEFA, Jandad Spinghar on Wednesday said that the violations and frauds include registration of teenagers below 18 years of age, Read the full article...]]>
FEFA informs of widespread fraud in voter registration process

The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) announced that thousands of violation and frauds were noted during the first round of voter registration process for the upcoming presidential election.

The Chief Executive of FEFA, Jandad Spinghar on Wednesday said that the violations and frauds include registration of teenagers below 18 years of age, distribution of voter cards in the absence of an individual, and distribution of more than one voter card to a single person.

Mr. Spinghar further added that the findings of observers reveals that over 4000 voter cards were given to individuals below 18 years of age in 21 provinces, which is an apparent violation and fraud.

According to FEFA Ceo, use of power by local officials and influential individuals, and the involvement of independent election commission employees are the main reasons behind growing frauds during the first round of voter registration process.

In the meantime, he expressed concerns regarding security threats in a number of districts which prevented the opening of the voter registration centres.

The presidential and provincial council elections are due to be organized in earlier April next year. The independent election commission (IEC) of Afghanistan confirmed issues during first round of voter registration process, however, IEC officials said that over 300,000 voter cards have been distributed so far.

IEC officials also called the report of FEFA as unfair and said that only in certain regions of the country, voter cards were given to women only, without proper scrutiny of their documents.

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Nuristani elected as Afghanistan election commission chief http://www.khaama.com/nuristani-elected-as-afghanistan-election-commission-chief-1721 http://www.khaama.com/nuristani-elected-as-afghanistan-election-commission-chief-1721#comments Sat, 03 Aug 2013 09:52:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27691 Nuristani elected as Afghanistan election commission chief
The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced that Dr. Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani has been elected as chief of the independent election commission (IEC), and Abdul Rahman Hotaki has been elected as deputy IEC chief. The Afghanistan independent election (IEC) commissioner, Sharifa Zurmati confirmed that Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani and Sarir Ahmad Barmak were norminated Read the full article...]]>
Nuristani elected as Afghanistan election commission chief

The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced that Dr. Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani has been elected as chief of the independent election commission (IEC), and Abdul Rahman Hotaki has been elected as deputy IEC chief.

The Afghanistan independent election (IEC) commissioner, Sharifa Zurmati confirmed that Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani and Sarir Ahmad Barmak were norminated for IEC chief position, and Abdul Rahman Hotaki along with Qazi Sulaiman were nominated for deputy IEC chief position.

Zurmati further added that Gulalai Achekzai was nominated for the IEC secretariat position.

She said Dr. Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani was elected IEC chief, Abdul Rahman Hotaki as deputy IEC chief and Gulalai Achekzai was elected as the head of the secretariat of the election commission of Afghanistan.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai elected 9 new members for the independent election commission of Afghanistan, after he received the list the nine new members who were introduced by selection committee.

The newly elected members of the independent election commission were sworn-in in the presence of Afghan president Hamid Karzai last week.

Fazal Ahmad Manawi was chief of the independent election commission, and Abdul Khaliq Hussaini was his deputy.

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Hindus, Sikhs of Afghanistan angered by Afghan parliament decision http://www.khaama.com/hindus-sikhs-of-afghanistan-angered-by-afghan-parliament-decision-2293 http://www.khaama.com/hindus-sikhs-of-afghanistan-angered-by-afghan-parliament-decision-2293#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:40:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27607 Hindus, Sikhs of Afghanistan angered by Afghan parliament decision
The Central Council of Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan along with members of civil society organization urged to allocate a seat for Sikh and Hindu minority in Afghan parliament. A seat waas considered for the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan in Afghan election law which was passed by Afghan parliament house, and was signed by Read the full article...]]>
Hindus, Sikhs of Afghanistan angered by Afghan parliament decision

The Central Council of Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan along with members of civil society organization urged to allocate a seat for Sikh and Hindu minority in Afghan parliament.

A seat waas considered for the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan in Afghan election law which was passed by Afghan parliament house, and was signed by president Hamid Karzai.

However the Afghan house of representatives deleted the article mentioning which designated a seat for the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan in election law.

Deputy chief of Hindus and Sikhs Council Rayel Singh on Wednesday said that if our demands were not met, then we will have to ask the government to exile us from Afghanistan so that we should seek asylum through United Nations in other countries.

Mr. Singh further added that the Hindus and Sikhs minority in Afghanistan faced similar issues and difficulties during the past one decade as other minorities, but the government has not considered to respond to their issues.

He said that the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan had considerable contribution in business and economy of he country, however their shops, properties and houses have been taken by force, and even their rights of citizenship is being taken from them.

Mr. Rayel Singh said that they are being humiliated during their funeral ceremony and while they are cremating their dead bodies, and even they are being attacked during the cremation ceremonies.

He defended the rights of the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan for seeking a seat in the lower house of the parliament which is in accordance with the intenational law and Afghan constitution, and insisted that allocating a seat for Hindus and Sikhs could help them overcome their social, economic and cultural issues.

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Karzai appoints new members for independent election commission http://www.khaama.com/karzai-appoints-new-members-for-independent-election-commission-2286 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-appoints-new-members-for-independent-election-commission-2286#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:37:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27540 Karzai appoints new members for independent election commission
Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Monday appointed new members for the independent election commission of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the secretariat of the ministers council, Rafi Ferdous said the new appointments by president for the independent election commission include Abdul Rahman Hotaki, Gulalai Achekzai, Sharifa Zurmati, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, Sarir Barmak, Laila Ahrari, Aziz Bakhtiari, Read the full article...]]>
Karzai appoints new members for independent election commission

Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Monday appointed new members for the independent election commission of Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the secretariat of the ministers council, Rafi Ferdous said the new appointments by president for the independent election commission include Abdul Rahman Hotaki, Gulalai Achekzai, Sharifa Zurmati, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, Sarir Barmak, Laila Ahrari, Aziz Bakhtiari, Mohammad Hussain Garzewani and Sulaiman Hamid.

Mohammad Hussain Garzewani is the only member who has previously worked in independent election commission of Afghanistan, and was it’s member.

Members of the independent election commission is appointed by Afghan president for a period of six years, and head of the commission and secretariat is selected by the 9 members of independent election commission.

President Hamid Karzai appointed the nine new members for independent election commission from the list of 27 individuals who were introduced by selection committee, which is comprised of five senior government officials including Abdul Salam Azimi, head of the Supreme court, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Afghan house speaker, Afghan senate house chief Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, head of Afghan constitution supervision committee Gul-ul-Rahman Qazi, and head of the independent human rights commission Seema Samar.

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Election Commission begins 2nd phase of voter registration process http://www.khaama.com/election-commission-begins-2nd-phase-of-voter-registration-process-2278 http://www.khaama.com/election-commission-begins-2nd-phase-of-voter-registration-process-2278#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:04:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27449 Election Commission begins 2nd phase of voter registration process
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (ICA) on Saturday announced that 385 voter registration centers have been opened across the country during the second phase of voter registration process. Head of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (ICA), FAzal Ahmad Manawi said, the second phase of voter registration process was formally started with the establishment Read the full article...]]>
Election Commission begins 2nd phase of voter registration process

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (ICA) on Saturday announced that 385 voter registration centers have been opened across the country during the second phase of voter registration process.

Head of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (ICA), FAzal Ahmad Manawi said, the second phase of voter registration process was formally started with the establishment of 440 centers for men and 440 centers for women in various villages and districts across the country.

Mr. Manawi further added that the registration process will continue until the second last week before the elections are organized.

This comes as the voter registration process across the 34 provinces of the country started two months back, and over 131,000 individuals received new voting cards.

The IEC officials also announced that for  further  participation  of  Afghanistan  citizens,  has  started  the  public  outreach campaign  in  all  over  the  country.  In    this  campaign  IEC  used  from  different  methods  such broadcasting  of  TV  and  Radio  spots,  posting  of  billboards,  pull  signs,  preparing  of  brushers  and factsheets, establishment of Electoral Call center (190  free of charges)  and conducting of seminars and workshops.

In the meantime IEC chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi said that voter registration centers are active across the country except four districts.

Fazal Ahmad Manawi said that security for the voter registration centers is vital across the country, and insisted on proper security measures for better registration process.

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Abdullah, Atmar and Ahadi may stand in presidential election http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-atmar-and-ahadi-may-stand-in-presidential-election-2274 http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-atmar-and-ahadi-may-stand-in-presidential-election-2274#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:33:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27403 Abdullah, Atmar and Ahadi may stand in presidential election
The Cooperation Council of Political Parties and Coalitions of Afghanistan comprised of 22 political parties on Thursday announced that their candidates for the upcoming presidential election will be confirmed within the next one or two weeks. The Council further added that a single candidate acceptable for all the political parties will be elected among various Read the full article...]]>
Abdullah, Atmar and Ahadi may stand in presidential election

The Cooperation Council of Political Parties and Coalitions of Afghanistan comprised of 22 political parties on Thursday announced that their candidates for the upcoming presidential election will be confirmed within the next one or two weeks.

The Council further added that a single candidate acceptable for all the political parties will be elected among various candidates to appear in the presidential.

Asif Ashna, member of the leadership board of Haq-o-Adalat (Truth and Justice) party said Afghan millat and Haq-o-Adalat parties have introduced their candidates so far, and the National Front and Islamic Party will also decide on their preferred candidates.

Head of the National Front Ahmad Zia Massoud said that the collaborative council has decided to vote for a single candidate to appear in presidential election during the final session of the council.

Mr. Massoud further added that the National Front together with People’s Party have became closer, and there is possibility that other parties form a coalition to introduce a strong candidate for the election.

The formal process for registration of candidates for the presidential election has not started so far, and the process is expected to start within the next two months.

In the meantime Asif Ashna said that Abdullah Abdullah has been nominated by national coalition, Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi from Afghan Millat party and Hanif Atmar from Haq-o-Adalat party.

The nomination of Abdullah Abdullah and Hanif Atmar has not formally confirmed by respective parties so far.

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Karzai endorses election commission formation, duties and authorities http://www.khaama.com/karzai-endorses-election-commission-formation-duties-and-authorities-1667 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-endorses-election-commission-formation-duties-and-authorities-1667#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:22:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27236 Karzai endorses election commission formation, duties and authorities
Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Wednesday endorsed the Afghanistan election commission formation, duties and authorities. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Afghan parliament house speaker on Wednesday said that president Hamid Karzai has assured regarding the endorsement of the election commission formation, duties and authorities following a telephone conversation. The parliament of Afghanistan on Monday approved the bill Read the full article...]]>
Karzai endorses election commission formation, duties and authorities

Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Wednesday endorsed the Afghanistan election commission formation, duties and authorities.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Afghan parliament house speaker on Wednesday said that president Hamid Karzai has assured regarding the endorsement of the election commission formation, duties and authorities following a telephone conversation.

The parliament of Afghanistan on Monday approved the bill for Afghanistan election law following controversies which continued for several days. The law was approved by joint parliamentarian commissions after differences were resolved in the committee and was sent to president Hamid Karzai for endorsement.

Head of the parliamentarian commission on election law and lawmaker Asadulah Sadati said that the controversial points of the electoral law included election of ten nomad representatives in Afghan parliament, one representative of Hindus and Sikhs and the number of women representatives in provincial and district council.

He said the controversial points were resolved after eliminating the dedicated seat for Hindus, approving seats for Nomads and accepting 20 percent seats for the women in provincial council.

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Afghan parliament approves bill for election law http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-approves-bill-for-election-law-2245 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-approves-bill-for-election-law-2245#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:55:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27186 Afghan parliament approves bill for election law
The parliament of Afghanistan on Monday approved the bill for Afghanistan election law following long controversies which continued for several days, and the law will be sent to Afghan president Hamid Karzai in the near future. The law was approved by joint parliamentarian commissions after differences were resolved in the committee and the law will Read the full article...]]>
Afghan parliament approves bill for election law

The parliament of Afghanistan on Monday approved the bill for Afghanistan election law following long controversies which continued for several days, and the law will be sent to Afghan president Hamid Karzai in the near future.

The law was approved by joint parliamentarian commissions after differences were resolved in the committee and the law will be forwarded to president Karzai for final approval.

Head of the parliamentarian commission on election law and lawmaker Asadulah Sadati said president Hamid Karzai will hopefully sign the law so that it can go to implementation phase.

According to Asadullah Sadati the controversial points of the electoral law included election of ten nomad representatives in Afghan parliament, one representative of Hindus and Sikhs and the number of women representatives in provincial and district council.

He said the controversial points were resolved after elminating the dedicated seat for Hindus, approving seats for Nomads and accepting 20 percent seats for the women in provincial council.

This comes as United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged for immediate endorsement of Afghanistan election commission formation, duties and authorities.

UNAMA in a statement said, The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reiterates its strong support for holding the Presidential and Provincial Council elections on time, on 5 April 2014, and in accordance with the Afghan Constitution.”

The statement further added, “In this regard, UNAMA welcomes the National Assembly’s approval of the law regulating the structure and responsibilities of Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies. This is a key step toward establishing a robust electoral architecture for the 2014 polls, as committed to by the Afghan Government in the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework.”

“UNAMA urges the rapid presidential endorsement and enactment of the law, and, just as importantly, the speedy implementation of the law, specifically the appointment of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) senior officials,” UNAMA said in its statement adding that the establishment of the electoral dispute resolution mechanism is also crucial for ensuring transparent, credible and inclusive elections.

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IEC Ballot Boxes, Information Sections Sealed http://www.khaama.com/iec-ballot-boxes-information-sections-sealed http://www.khaama.com/iec-ballot-boxes-information-sections-sealed#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 03:56:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1985 IEC Ballot Boxes, Information Sections Sealed
(Tolo News) – A senior Afghan judicial official, with the help of police forces and Attorney General’s Office, Monday sealed information and ballot boxes sections in the IEC. Officials in Independent Election Commission described the move as unconstitutional. Police forces, some judicial officials as well as officials from Attorney General’s Office rushed into IEC building Read the full article...]]>
IEC Ballot Boxes, Information Sections Sealed

(Tolo News) – A senior Afghan judicial official, with the help of police forces and Attorney General’s Office, Monday sealed information and ballot boxes sections in the IEC.

Officials in Independent Election Commission described the move as unconstitutional.

Police forces, some judicial officials as well as officials from Attorney General’s Office rushed into IEC building and closed information and ballot boxes sections.

“Probably the ballots will be re-counted for a better pursuit of complaints being made by protesting candidates,” Qazi Abdul Salam Qazizada, Head of Kabul Court of Appeal told TOLOnews.

“Yesterday we received a threatening letter written in strong terms signed by Deputy Attorney General,” Tabish Frough, IEC Spokesperson told TOLOnews.

“The letter said if the IEC refuses to cooperate in investigations, Attorney General’s Office would suspend some IEC officials,” Mr Frough further said.

Following the rush into IEC compound, a statement was released by the Independent Election Commission saying it is, in the light of Afghan laws, prepared to cooperate in probes into electoral frauds and irregularities.

The Afghan parliament had said on Saturday that the Special Tribunal had decided to unseat 83 MPs on charges of electoral frauds, a claim that was denied by the Special Tribunal.

The parliament had decided to officially ask the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to nullify the tribunal.

After tensions mounted between the winning and losing candidates of the parliamentary poll, President Karzai approved Supreme Court’s request to form a Special Tribunal to end electoral disputes.

The Special Tribunal has been accusing the electoral commissions for not cooperating in the investigations so that the tribunal could make a final decision.

Some Afghan law specialists and the winning candidates have repeatedly described the Special Tribunal as illegal.

Meanwhile, the Afghan parliament has been striving to have a ahead for weeks, but none of those running for parliament speaker has won 50+1.

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Protesting Candidates Oppose Parliament Inauguration http://www.khaama.com/protesting-candidates-oppose-parliament-inauguration http://www.khaama.com/protesting-candidates-oppose-parliament-inauguration#comments Sun, 16 Jan 2011 05:50:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1643 Protesting Candidates Oppose Parliament Inauguration
(Tolo News) – Protesting candidates union has said that more time should be given to special court, so that it could address all frauds and irregularities in parliamentary poll. Prior to a final decision by special court, President Karzai should not inaugurate the new parliament, protesters reiterated. They urged the special court to make a Read the full article...]]>
Protesting Candidates Oppose Parliament Inauguration

(Tolo News) – Protesting candidates union has said that more time should be given to special court, so that it could address all frauds and irregularities in parliamentary poll.

Prior to a final decision by special court, President Karzai should not inaugurate the new parliament, protesters reiterated.

They urged the special court to make a decision in accordance with constitution and electoral laws in the country.

“We want the Afghan government to postpone the inauguration ceremony until the special court makes its final decision,” said Moeen Marastyal, a protesting candidate.

“In no way, President Karzai –considering his obligations and authorities– could open such a parliament,” said another protesting candidate, Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli.

The protesting candidates union, releasing a resolution, said if the parliament is inaugurated before special court’s final verdict, then legitimacy of the court will go under question.

The comments came as winning candidates Saturday officially began their introduction week.

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IEC distribute certificates to the winning candidates http://www.khaama.com/iec-distribute-certificates-to-the-winning-candidates http://www.khaama.com/iec-distribute-certificates-to-the-winning-candidates#comments Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:49:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1155 IEC distribute certificates to the winning candidates
The IEC, based on following Electoral Law, distribute the certificates to succeeded candidates after the entire final results announcement on 24th Nov. The move by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) follows a decision by the attorney general to investigate claims of corruption in the vote, and to criticise the IEC for “prematurely” releasing the disputed Read the full article...]]>
IEC distribute certificates to the winning candidates

The IEC, based on following Electoral Law, distribute the certificates to succeeded candidates after the entire final results announcement on 24th Nov.

The move by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) follows a decision by the attorney general to investigate claims of corruption in the vote, and to criticise the IEC for “prematurely” releasing the disputed results.

The top prosecutor has arrested nine people over the fraud claims and summoned four election officials for questioning, including two from the IEC.

But the investigation has been dismissed as politically motivated by electoral officials, who say the attorney general is being manipulated by the government which is said to be unhappy with the vote outcome. In accordance with electoral law, the IEC “will distribute certificates to all winning candidates”, the body said in a notification to winners, asking them to appear at their office on Monday to collect their certificates.

One of the IEC officials accused by the attorney general’s office, spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor, has dismissed the allegations and refused to comply with the summons. The IEC, the top vote body in the country, released nearly all official results about two months after Afghans went to the polls and cast some 5.6 million ballots.

 

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Afghan Parliamentary election Results Announced http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliamentary-election-results-announced http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliamentary-election-results-announced#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:17:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1030 Afghan Parliamentary election Results Announced
(BBC) – Results in Afghanistan’s controversial parliamentary elections in September are being announced. The results were delayed due to a fraud investigation. During the inquiry, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) scrapped 1.3m votes as invalid – almost a quarter of those cast – because of irregularities. At the weekend, the Election Complaints Commission (ECC) disqualified Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Parliamentary election Results Announced

(BBC) – Results in Afghanistan’s controversial parliamentary elections in September are being announced.

The results were delayed due to a fraud investigation.

During the inquiry, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) scrapped 1.3m votes as invalid – almost a quarter of those cast – because of irregularities.

At the weekend, the Election Complaints Commission (ECC) disqualified 19 candidates for fraud. Seven were incumbent MPs in the 249-seat parliament.

Rallies were held in Kabul and other cities calling for the election commissions to be scrapped over the disqualifications.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Mohammad Eshaq Aloko suspended the electoral commissions’ spokesmen.

Ahmad Zia Rafat, of the IEC, and Noor Muhammad Noor, of the ECC, are accused of making remarks damaging to the Afghan national interest.

The parliamentary vote was seen as a key test for the country, a year after the re-election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was overshadowed by fraud.

Turnout was around 40% in Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election since the 2001 US-led invasion.

You can view the final results province wise from this link:

Are you in Afghanistan? What is your reaction to the election results? Send us your comments using the form below.

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Afghan election officials suspended http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-suspended http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-suspended#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 04:40:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1014 Afghan election officials suspended
(BBC) – Two of Afghanistan’s most senior election officials have been suspended, hours before results were finally due to be released from the September poll. It is not clear why the attorney general acted against the spokesmen of the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaints Commission. A judge is expected to receive files on Wednesday Read the full article...]]>
Afghan election officials suspended

(BBC) – Two of Afghanistan’s most senior election officials have been suspended, hours before results were finally due to be released from the September poll.

It is not clear why the attorney general acted against the spokesmen of the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaints Commission.

A judge is expected to receive files on Wednesday on Nur Mohammad Nur, of the IEC, and Ahmad Zia Rafat, of the ECC.

It is the latest setback to a vote that has been dogged by corruption.

The election authorities have already invalidated some 1.3m votes – almost a quarter of those cast – and at the weekend ruled out 19 candidates, who had been declared winners in preliminary results.

The disqualifications prompted rallies this week in Kabul and other cities at which people called for the commissions to be scrapped.

A number of candidates took part, complaining their votes had been stolen by well-connected rivals.

The UN-backed ECC has been investigating claims of widespread irregularities surrounding the poll for the 249 seats in the lower house of parliament.

Correspondents say there has meanwhile been a growing row between President Hamid Karzai and the electoral authorities.

Mr Karzai has claimed they create political instability, while he in turn has been accused of meddling.

Last year, Mr Karzai’s re-election was also overshadowed by fraud when the ECC threw out a third of the votes cast for him.

Turnout was around 40% in Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election since the US-led invasion of nine years ago.

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Few Days Left for Elections Final Results http://www.khaama.com/few-days-left-for-elections-final-results http://www.khaama.com/few-days-left-for-elections-final-results#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:21:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=992 Few Days Left for Elections Final Results
A top official in the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday that final results of parliamentary poll will be announced in two or three days Electoral Complaints Commission has sent results of probes on votes to the IEC and the results will be inserted into the system, IEC said. The spokesman for IEC, Noor Read the full article...]]>
Few Days Left for Elections Final Results

A top official in the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday that final results of parliamentary poll will be announced in two or three days

Electoral Complaints Commission has sent results of probes on votes to the IEC and the results will be inserted into the system, IEC said.

The spokesman for IEC, Noor Mohammad Noor said investigations by the ECC indicate that there will be a change in the primary results of the elections.

The parliamentary polls were held more than two months ago despite security challenges in some parts of the country and while Afghan people are impatiently waiting to see who will fill 249 seats in the Afghan House of Representatives, the IEC talks about computerising investigation results.

“Today we have started to implement decisions made by ECC into the system and probably in two or three days the commission would be able to insert all the decisions into the system and eventually announce the final results of parliamentary elections,” said Mr Noor.

The IEC said votes that were ruled out by electoral Watch Dog will cause a big change in the final results of elections.

The change in the final results of the elections will be even to the point that winning candidates in the primary results will be announced losers in the final, IEC said.

“There may be some more changes ahead beside a number of candidates that were disqualified yesterday,” said Mr Noor.

Meanwhile, some election candidates have acted strongly against investigations by electoral commissions.

Protesting candidates claimed that some certain political factions play a role in the decisions made by electoral commissions.

They urged the IEC to convince candidates about their decisions.

More than two months ago, parliamentary elections were held in all across the country and around 2500 aspirants were competing in the elections over 249 seats.
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Afghan Candidates Protest http://www.khaama.com/afghan-candidates-protest http://www.khaama.com/afghan-candidates-protest#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 04:10:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=887 Afghan Candidates Protest
Some candidates staged a demonstration on Wednesday against widespread electoral frauds in the capital Kabul and eastern Nangarhar province The protesting candidates argued that huge frauds were organised in the elections by some influential candidates. They called the elections illegitimate and asked for fresh elections. The Independent Election Commission has failed fulfilling its duty and Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Candidates Protest

Some candidates staged a demonstration on Wednesday against widespread electoral frauds in the capital Kabul and eastern Nangarhar province

The protesting candidates argued that huge frauds were organised in the elections by some influential candidates.

They called the elections illegitimate and asked for fresh elections.

The Independent Election Commission has failed fulfilling its duty and Electoral Complaint Commission is also involved in huge electoral frauds, they claimed.

“It was not elections. It was a huge organised fraud,” said a protesting candidate in Kabul, Noor-u-l Haq Ulomi. “Through the demonstration we want to protest the elections, because it was not elections, but a huge and organised fraud. The elections must be announced illegitimate.”

Another candidate, Abdul Kabir Ranjbar said: “We demand that the illegal and illegitimate elections must be announced invalid.”

In eastern Nangarhar province, some provincial candidates also protested and said their complaints should be addressed.

The protesting candidates have said until the electoral frauds are not investigated seriously, they will continue their demonstrations.

The candidates demonstrated as the Attorney General’s Office once again set another 12-hour deadline on IEC to let the organisation carry out its probes on invalid votes.

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Attorney General Office Sets 48-hour Deadline for IEC http://www.khaama.com/attorney-general-office-sets-48-hour-deadline-for-iec http://www.khaama.com/attorney-general-office-sets-48-hour-deadline-for-iec#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 04:41:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=831 Attorney General Office Sets 48-hour Deadline for IEC
The Attorney General’s Office Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the Independent Election Commission to allow investigations on invalid votes In case the IEC does not let the Attorney General’s Office to carry out probes on invalid votes, officials in the IEC will be suspended based on article 50 of government employees law. On the Read the full article...]]>
Attorney General Office Sets 48-hour Deadline for IEC

The Attorney General’s Office Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the Independent Election Commission to allow investigations on invalid votes

In case the IEC does not let the Attorney General’s Office to carry out probes on invalid votes, officials in the IEC will be suspended based on article 50 of government employees law.

On the other hand, the election commission calls for more elaboration about the comment made by the Attorney General’s Office.

“If they don’t respond in 48 hours, we will start suspending some officials in the IEC according to the article 50 of the government employees law,” said Deputy Attorney General, Rahmatullah Nazari.

We have received more than thirty complaints against Independent Election Commission, Attorney General Office said.

“This has turned suspicion into reality that there are some series of corruption and misuse going in which a number of IEC officials are involved,” said Mr Nazari.

But the spokesman for IEC, Noor Mohammad Noor said the Attorney General’s Office should make its demands clear.

Mr Noor said: “No law that is enforced in Afghanistan allows Attorney General’s Office to meddle in electoral affairs, but if it prosecutes a crime the IEC will cooperate.”

“We will wait and see what kind of threat the Attorney General’s Office will pose to IEC after “the 48-hour deadline” that has been announced through the media,” he added.

It is said that review of fraud cases will take a month’s time and it’s expected that the final results of parliamentary elections will be postponed.

It has been days that some Afghan candidates and law makers are protesting against IEC accusing the organisation of widespread corruption.

The protesters have called the elections illegitimate and urged for a new election.

They have warned to continue protesting on the streets, if their demands are not considered.

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400 Electoral Fraud Cases Referred to Attorney General Office http://www.khaama.com/400-electoral-fraud-cases-referred-to-attorney-general-office http://www.khaama.com/400-electoral-fraud-cases-referred-to-attorney-general-office#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 04:34:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=791 400 Electoral Fraud Cases Referred to Attorney General Office
Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) Saturday submitted more than 400 fraud-related cases of candidates to Attorney General’s Office The spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat said cases of the candidates have been sent to the Attorney General’s Office and in case the allegations are proved their names will be removed from winners’ list. “If violations are Read the full article...]]>
400 Electoral Fraud Cases Referred to Attorney General Office

Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) Saturday submitted more than 400 fraud-related cases of candidates to Attorney General’s Office

The spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat said cases of the candidates have been sent to the Attorney General’s Office and in case the allegations are proved their names will be removed from winners’ list.

“If violations are elaborated during investigations, we will act according to the level and nature of the violations committed, but criminal issues belong to the Attorney General’s Office,” Mr Rafat said.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, Deputy Attorney General said on Saturday that he has not received any files related to electoral frauds yet.

“We haven’t received anything yet and they haven’t officially introduced anyone to us,” said Deputy Attorney General, Rahmatullah Nazari.

Once again, the Attorney General’s Office emphasised on the need for a probe in the process of vote counting by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

“I ask IEC to respect the law and Afghanistan’s constitution and let us run investigations,” said Mr Nazari.

Meanwhile, a number of protesting parliamentary election candidates warned that if frauds and violations are not investigated properly, the country will face a national catastrophe.

A protesting candidate, Kabir Ranjbar, said: “1% of the people who took part in the elections cast their votes based on Afghan national interests and the rest voted based on extremely back-warded ethnic values and personal interests.”

Recently, the ECC has ruled out votes of 29 polling stations in Wardak, Khost, Kunar, Badghis, Herat and Baghlan provinces.
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Afghan Candidates Protest Continues for a Second Day http://www.khaama.com/afghan-candidates-protest-continues-for-a-second-day http://www.khaama.com/afghan-candidates-protest-continues-for-a-second-day#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 05:08:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=646 Afghan Candidates Protest Continues for a Second Day
For a second day, a number of Afghan parliamentary candidates have staged demonstrations against elections and want it to be re-held The candidates Wednesday claimed that widespread corruption by power holders, candidates and Independent Election Commission has hugely affected the elections. They insisted that the elections should be re-held. The protesting candidates have rallied in Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Candidates Protest Continues for a Second Day

For a second day, a number of Afghan parliamentary candidates have staged demonstrations against elections and want it to be re-held

The candidates Wednesday claimed that widespread corruption by power holders, candidates and Independent Election Commission has hugely affected the elections.

They insisted that the elections should be re-held.

The protesting candidates have rallied in front of the UNAMA in Kabul and said the Independent Election Commission has failed in fulfilling its duty.

They also accused the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) of being involved in electoral fraud.

An election candidate, Hafiz-u-Rahman told a TOLOnews reporter: “the IEC and ECC have announced invalid votes of power holders as valid.”

The protesting candidates, in a resolution, call on the Independent Election Commission to consider their complaints.

The ECC Tuesday delisted two winning candidates on charges of fraud, and it is expected to delist some other candidates in the weeks ahead.
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No Institution Allowed to Interfere in Afghan Elections: IEC http://www.khaama.com/no-institution-allowed-to-interfere-in-afghan-elections-iec http://www.khaama.com/no-institution-allowed-to-interfere-in-afghan-elections-iec#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:20:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=511 No Institution Allowed to Interfere in Afghan Elections: IEC
No institution, including the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s office are allowed to interfere in the parliamentary election, the IEC said Officials in the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said according to Afghanistan’s laws, no governmental and non-governmental organisation, except the IEC and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) are allowed to interfere in the works Read the full article...]]>
No Institution Allowed to Interfere in Afghan Elections: IEC

No institution, including the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s office are allowed to interfere in the parliamentary election, the IEC said

Officials in the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said according to Afghanistan’s laws, no governmental and non-governmental organisation, except the IEC and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) are allowed to interfere in the works of Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections.

The Afghan Attorney General office claims that it has received complaints that the 1.3 million votes of the Afghan parliamentary elections counted as invalid by the IEC have been along with corruption.

“There are some reports of corruption claiming that genuine votes of some candidates have been announced invalid and we want to appoint a representative to investigate the issue,” Deputy Attorney General, Rahmatullah Nazari, told TOLOnews reporter.

“According to the laws of Afghanistan, the electoral issues are only related to the IEC and ECC institutions and no other organisation in Afghanistan is allowed to interfere in this issue,” a spokesman for the IEC, Noor Mohammad Noor, told TOLOnews reporter.

The Afghan parliamentary elections were held on Sept. 18th and the results were planned to be announced by early this month, but there are no reports about the announcement of the election
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Attorney Office to Investigate Invalid Votes http://www.khaama.com/attorney-office-to-investigate-invalid-votes http://www.khaama.com/attorney-office-to-investigate-invalid-votes#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:00:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=429 Attorney Office to Investigate Invalid Votes
Deputy Attorney General said Monday that invalid votes will be investigated because of complaints about corruption in the process Some complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office indicate corruption in the process through which votes were announced invalid, said Deputy Attorney General, Rahmatullah Nazari. The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is expected to cancel some more Read the full article...]]>
Attorney Office to Investigate Invalid Votes

Deputy Attorney General said Monday that invalid votes will be investigated because of complaints about corruption in the process

Some complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office indicate corruption in the process through which votes were announced invalid, said Deputy Attorney General, Rahmatullah Nazari.

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is expected to cancel some more votes by tomorrow.

While the final vote counting results of the parliamentary election is due to be announced in no longer than 15 days.

“There are some reports of corruption claiming that genuine votes of some candidates have been announced invalid and we want to appoint a representative to investigate the issue,” said Mr Nazari.

The spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat said: “Even if the Independent Election Commission has not been fair about the votes, the electoral Complaints Commission is not responsible for it.”

“And now that the Attorney General’s Office steps in, the question on how the process takes place goes back to Attorney General’s Office and Independent Election Commission,” he added.

The Independent Election Commission, based on the law, has the right to announce suspected votes invalid, ECC said.
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ECC to Introduce Elections Violators to Justice Bodies http://www.khaama.com/ecc-to-introduce-elections-violators-to-justice-bodies http://www.khaama.com/ecc-to-introduce-elections-violators-to-justice-bodies#comments Sat, 30 Oct 2010 05:34:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=333 ECC to Introduce Elections Violators to Justice Bodies
The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said on Wednesday that anyone who is involved in elections’ violations will be introduced to justice organisations The spokesman for ECC said that the commission understands concerns of President Karzai about parliamentary elections in Ghazni province, but the commission will act based on law. The Afghan President had previously urged Read the full article...]]>
ECC to Introduce Elections Violators to Justice Bodies

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said on Wednesday that anyone who is involved in elections’ violations will be introduced to justice organisations

The spokesman for ECC said that the commission understands concerns of President Karzai about parliamentary elections in Ghazni province, but the commission will act based on law.

The Afghan President had previously urged the ECC to considerably take actions on votes of polling centres in Ghazni province.

In most districts of Ghazni province polling centres remained shut for security reasons.

“The complaints commission respects all the genuine votes that were cast and the fate of Ghazni elections will be made on the basis of law,” said the spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat.

The ECC also announced the removal of two elections candidates from the candidacy list.

A Winning candidate of primary results of elections, Mohammad Rahim Ayubi, and another candidate of northern Baghlan province, General Hussamuddin were delisted for a late resignation from their government posts.

The ECC has logged more than 5,900 complaints and it is believed that fifty percent of the complaints will affect the final results of parliamentary elections.
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Some to be Omitted from Afghan Vote Winners Primary List http://www.khaama.com/some-to-be-omitted-from-afghan-vote-winners-primary-list http://www.khaama.com/some-to-be-omitted-from-afghan-vote-winners-primary-list#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 04:46:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=315 Some to be Omitted from Afghan Vote Winners Primary List
(Tolo News) – A top official in Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) Wednesday said names of a number of winning candidates will be omitted from primary vote results list tomorrow The spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat remarked that the candidates who have failed to resign from their posts in the targeted time, will be removed Read the full article...]]>
Some to be Omitted from Afghan Vote Winners Primary List

(Tolo News) – A top official in Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) Wednesday said names of a number of winning candidates will be omitted from primary vote results list tomorrow

The spokesman for ECC, Ahmad Zia Rafat remarked that the candidates who have failed to resign from their posts in the targeted time, will be removed from the candidacy list by tomorrow.

Names of some winners in the election primary results are believed to be delisted.

“In a press conference tomorrow, ECC will declare votes of some polling centres invalid because of irregularities. Besides, we will have some names delisted,” he said.

The ECC also said votes of some other polling centres are also to be declared invalid for widespread frauds.

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Preliminary Parliamentary Election Result 2010 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-preliminary-parliamentary-election-result http://www.khaama.com/afghan-preliminary-parliamentary-election-result#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:15:45 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=107 Preliminary Parliamentary Election Result 2010
Afghan parliamentary Election was held on 18th September 2010. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan were able to announce the preliminary results 1 month after 18 September 2010. Here is the list of winner candidates from Kabul Province Only: Leading Female Candidates: Ballot No Candidate Name ‌Votes 308 Wakil Fatima Nazari 6,814 37 Farkhunda Read the full article...]]>
Preliminary Parliamentary Election Result 2010

Afghan parliamentary Election was held on 18th September 2010. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan were able to announce the preliminary results 1 month after 18 September 2010.

Here is the list of winner candidates from Kabul Province Only:

Leading Female Candidates:

Ballot No Candidate Name ‌Votes
308 Wakil Fatima Nazari 6,814
37 Farkhunda Zahra Naderi 6,600
586 Shenkai Zaheen Karokhail 3,231
178 Toorpekai Patman 2,247
658 Shukria Barakzai 2,129
103 Ostad Robaba Parwani Darwish 1,305
624 General Nazifa Zaki 1,188
651 Kobra Mostafawi 1,123
24 Fawzia Nasiryar Guldarayee 1,100

Leading Male Candidates:

Ballot No Candidate Name ‌Votes
29 Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq 16,166
544 Mohammad yonus Qanooni 9,381
100 Doctor Ramazan Bashardoost 7,856
322 Ostad Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf 7,120
52 Mir Amanullah Guzar 6,645
222 Doctor Jafar Mehdawi 5,004
13 Mohammad Ibrahim Qasemi 5,000
256 Haji Mohammad Farhad Sediqi 4,878
366 Sayed Hussain Anwari 4,670
126 Baktash Seyawash 4,505
293 Alhaj Ezzatullah Atif 4,419
645 Sharifullah Kamawal 4,191
286 Alhaj Allah Gul Mujaed 4,097
461 Haji Mohammad Dawood Kalakani 3,905
434 Doctor Sayed Ali Kazimi 3,725
189 Qais Hassain 3,647
647 Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi 3,383
399 Engineer Shir Wali Wardak 3,380
30 Ramazan Juma Zada 3,148
94 Erfanullah Erfan 2,970
518 Anwar Khan Oryakhail 2,896
376 Doctor Obaidullah Kalimzai Wardak 2,854
209 Abdul Hafiz Mansoor 2,848
96 Ostad Qurban Ali Qurban 2,833
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The IEC Releases Partial and Preliminary Results http://www.khaama.com/wordpress-resources-at-siteground http://www.khaama.com/wordpress-resources-at-siteground#comments Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:50:16 +0000 http://sgtest.myjourneys.net/swp/?p=1 The IEC Releases Partial and Preliminary Results
The IEC, in accordance with the updated timetable, is engaged in processing the results forms at the National Tally Center in Kabul. Following detailed checks and inspections, the IEC announces the partial results and then the preliminary results for each constituency of the elections. As of 13 October 2010, the IEC approved and announced the Read the full article...]]>
The IEC Releases Partial and Preliminary Results

The IEC, in accordance with the updated timetable, is engaged in processing the results forms at the National Tally Center in Kabul. Following detailed checks and inspections, the IEC announces the partial results and then the preliminary results for each constituency of the elections.

As of 13 October 2010, the IEC approved and announced the partial results for Kabul, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Parwan, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Paktia, Helmand, Paktika, Zabul, Uruzghan, Bamyan, Daikundi, Balkh, Kundoz, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Faryab, Juzjan, Sar-i-Pul, Khost, Samangan, Herat, Ghor, Badghis, Farah, Panjshir, Kandahar and Nimroz provinces as well as the preliminary result for Panjshir province. All these updated results are available on the results website

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Outcry over Afghanistan’s election poster ‘menace’ http://www.khaama.com/outcry-over-afghanistans-election-poster-menace http://www.khaama.com/outcry-over-afghanistans-election-poster-menace#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:08:02 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=42 Outcry over Afghanistan’s election poster ‘menace’
As campaigning enters the decisive phase in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections next month, the country’s Election Commission is struggling to deal with a new kind of problem – illegal posters. Bilal Sarwary reports from Kabul on what residents are calling an election nuisance. In Kabul, public structures, buildings, walls, road signs have all been taken over Read the full article...]]>
Outcry over Afghanistan’s election poster ‘menace’

As campaigning enters the decisive phase in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections next month, the country’s Election Commission is struggling to deal with a new kind of problem – illegal posters. Bilal Sarwary reports from Kabul on what residents are calling an election nuisance.

In Kabul, public structures, buildings, walls, road signs have all been taken over by campaign posters.

Even the pavements have not been spared. Every inch of the available space, public or private, has been covered with pictures or messages from candidates, contributing to the city’s unkempt look.

”Like thieves, [supporters of candidates] arrive at night,” Abdul Raees, a shopkeeper and Kabul resident, said.

“I had my house and shop painted recently, it cost me a tidy sum. But now, my walls have been disfigured. Is this democracy?”

Candidates fined

Sticking posters on public property is illegal under the country’s election laws. Posters are only allowed on private property with the owner’s consent.

 “I am afraid that if I step out of my house, someone will stick a poster on my face” Noor Mohammad Shopkeeper

But, it seems, the law is hardly a deterrent for violators.

“I was very upset when posters first appeared on the walls of my house,” said shopkeeper Noar Mohammad.

“I took it upon myself to clean the mess. Every morning I would tear down the posters. But they reappeared the next day. I have now given up. I am afraid that if I step out of my house, someone will stick a poster on my face.”

After several representations from traders and residents, Afghanistan’s independent Election Commission has stepped in.

“We have imposed fines on 155 candidates across the country so far,” Zia Rifat, a spokesman for the Election Complaint Commission (ECC), told the BBC.

“Each of these candidates have been asked to pay 8,000 Afghanis (about $173). They have been given 10 days to clean up the property.”

He said 80 of those candidates were contesting seats in Kabul province. In all, 662 candidates are competing for the province’s 33 seats in the lower house of parliament.

“We are sorry for causing any inconvenience to the public,” one of those candidates fined told the BBC on condition of anonymity.

“Democracy is new for us. We will become more mature in the years to come,” another candidate said.

‘Blackmail tactics’

There have been similar problems in the western province of Herat, but with a slight twist. Most complaints have been lodged by the women candidates.

“Several women candidates have approached us. They say their posters have been torn, sprayed with black paint or burnt,” said Sayed Haqiqi, ECC spokesman in Herat.

“Campaign material, including posters, of women candidates have been targeted even when they had secured the permission of the property owner for campaign,” Mr Haqiqi said.

“Religiously prejudiced groups are behind this mischief. We have asked the police and other security forces to arrest these people, but so far not one arrest has taken place.”

Safora Yousifi, who is 29, is contesting one of the five seats reserved for women in Herat.

Ms Yousifi said she and other women candidates were finding it difficult to campaign because of a lack of security.

“We are shouted down, our posters are burned. Our supporters are intimidated and threatened,” she said.

“There cannot be a free and fair election if the hardliners continue with their blackmail tactics.”

More than 2,500 candidates are competing for 249 seats in the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, on September 18.

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