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Some Interesting Aspects of Election Politics

Afghanistan’s presidential candidates are soon going to kick off election campaigns as the nomination process is going to end on Sunday. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has asserted that it won’t extend the deadline for those who intend to register for running in the forthcoming elections. As the deadline for nomination of presidential candidates is reaching, many new nominations were registered S ...

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The Last-Minute Nominations

In past few days, there was a flurry of resignations from government posts, as many prominent political figures are preparing to nominate for the presidential elections. In the latest moves to nominate for election contests, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dustom, the chairman of joint chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army and Gul Agha Shirzai, the powerful governor of Nangarhar, resigned from their posts. Abdul Ras ...

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Election Nomination Takes Momentum

The election nomination process took a momentum after political heavyweight Abdullah Abdullah filed officially his nomination for presidency with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday. Along Abdullah, two of his would-be aides Eng. Mohammad Khan, a senior member of the Hizb-e Islamic Party and Mohammad Mohaqqiq, the leader of the Hizb-e Wahdat Mardom party also nominated for contesting in the ...

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A Heavy Blow to the Opposition Alliance

The opposition Electoral Alliance has been unraveling fast after Hajji Muhammad Mohaqqiq, a prominent member of the National Front and the Electoral Alliance, revealed secret and behind-door dealings among the members of the Electoral Alliance. In his message posted on facebook, Mohaqqiq revealed details of the rifts among the members of the Electoral Alliance that finally split the alliance into two parts. ...

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Election Alliances in Disarray

As the candidate registration process is going on, many stakeholders are making their last-ditch efforts to make deals with prominent political figures for nominating consensus candidates in the elections. Interestingly, as the affairs related to the elections is developing, many of the formerly announced elections alliances are teetering at the brink of collapse, as the members are in fierce disagreements ...

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Karzia’s Assurances

In a gathering of Afghan youths in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai said that the election will be held on time, emphasizing that the process is the only way to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. The remarks came after the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and political parties expressed concerns about efforts by certain circles for postponement of the elections. Recently, a gathering of tribal elde ...

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A New Chapter in the Election Process

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) began the process of registering presidential nominees on Monday. But no candidate referred to the IEC to register for the presidential race on the first day. According to IEC officials, 29 people have received information for registering in the presidential election. No candidate registration on the first day of the candidate registration process is suggesting that ...

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IEC’s Concerns for the Elections

There Independent Election Commission (IEC) has raised fresh concerns about the elections, saying that some certain circles are trying to halt or suspend the election process. In the eve of beginning of the candidate registration process, Ziaulhaq Amrkhil, a member of the commission said that despite the efforts aimed at postponing the elections, the IEC would proceed with the process on the due date and th ...

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Polarization of Election Politics

Ostensibly, another electoral alliance is in the making in direct opposition to the grand “Afghanistan Electoral Alliance”. Former Interior Minister and a prominent political figure Ali Ahmad Jalali said on Tuesday that the new alliance would include Dr. Zalmai Khalilzad, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Ali Ahmad Jalali, former Afghan Interior Minister; Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of t ...

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Reshuffles in top Security Posts

The newly appointed acting Interior Minister Omar Daudzai, former Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, officially took over the job form his predecessor on Monday. His appointment to the top security post was made by president Karzai only days after appointment of Rahmatullah Nabil as the acting chief of the National Directorate for Security (NDS). Mr. Daudzai, who is considered a close ally to President Karzai, ...

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Boosting Women Participation in the Elections

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has begun implementation of a program to boost women’s participation in the forthcoming elections, due to be held in the coming spring. The program is financed by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Asia Foundation. According to the officials, the program is aimed to enhance women’s participation in the presidential and provincial councils’ ...

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A Right Move for Protecting Minorities’ Rights

Amid uproar of war and corruption, the government took a remarkable step forward in guaranteeing the rights of one of the most unprivileged minority community in Afghanistan. In response to calls from civil organizations and Afghan Hindu activists, the council of cabinet ministers brought amendments to the election law so that the Hindu and Sikh minorities of Afghanistan could have a seat in the parliament. ...

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The Munich Process

Some Afghan and foreign experts, Afghan prominent politicians from the opposition parties and political activists attended a gathering in Munich, Germany, discussing the current affairs and the future of Afghanistan. The gathering was concluded on Sunday and issued a resolution stressing on a fair and transparent presidential election, an all-inclusive peace process and proposing changes to the government s ...

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Coalition-building Races for Elections

The developments regarding the elections and the political arrays is taking more pace by each day as the political parties are struggling to make coalitions for the next year presidential elections. It is reported that Hizb-e Wahdat Islami led by Vice President Karim Khalili and Hizb-e Islami led by Finance Minister Hadi Arghandiwal have announced that they are going to have a single candidate for the presi ...

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The Crucial Security Pact

The fourth round of talks between Afghan and U.S. officials over a security pact, that would allow military presence of the United States in Afghanistan beyond 2014, will begin soon. Afghan officials expect that the talks would progress further, paving the way for preparing the draft of the security agreement. The security pact would define future course of security cooperation between Afghanistan and the U ...

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Urgency of Finalizing Electoral Laws

Recently, the parliament of Afghanistan took steps forward in approving the law on the authority and structure of the Independent Election Commission. But now opposition parties say that President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the law. On Tuesday, an opposition alliance alleged the president was seeking to delay signing the law and hold the next year’s Presidential and provincial council elections based ...

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A Step Forward in the Election Process

The Afghan National Assembly finally approved the law on the structure, duties and powers of the independent election commission, ending months of stalemate on the crucial bill. The deadlock over amendments to the laws on polls and structure, duties and powers of poll panels had sparked concerns about the presidential election that is set for 2014. In past weeks, the government, political parties, civil org ...

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Karzai’s Commitment Crucial for Future Election

With the 2014 presidential election in sight, Afghan government and the political parties are rushing for preparations for the key election which would determine the future course of Afghanistan. On Tuesday, President Karzai invited political figures, jihadi leaders and key government and non-government officials to a consultative meeting at the Presidential Palace. But, the 'Cooperation Council of Politica ...

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Urgency of Approving the Election Law

As there is no sign of progress on adoption of the elections law, there are concerns for transparency and legitimacy of the presidential election in 2014. The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday urged the parliament to swiftly adopt the law and ensure free and transparent elections due to be held next year. The election-monitoring body Chief Jandad Spinghar insisted timely app ...

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Upcoming Elections and the Challenges Ahead

As we are getting closer to the 2014 presidential election, the election body is running out of time in preparations for holding a fraud-free election. There are many challenges ahead of the election agencies which threaten the process for a sound and fair presidential election. Among them, delay in passing the election law, voter cards/electronic IDs distribution, setting up poll centers in insecure areas ...

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