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The Last-ditch Electoral Groupings

With the ongoing electoral campaigns and coalition-buildings, President Karzai's brother Mahmood Karzai endorsed presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in the second round of the elections. Karzai said that they have agreed on national issues and he backed Abdullah for his economic plans for Afghanistan. Mahmood Karzai’s endorsement of Abdullah is coming as the latest of a series of political coalition-ma ...

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Russia Reaches Out To Ukraine’s New Leader

  Russia's foreign minister has said the Kremlin is "ready for pragmatic dialogue" with Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's would-be president, without any Western mediation. Sergey Lavrov's comments on Monday came as Poroshenko - leading with about 54 percent in Ukraine's presidential elections according to figures from 75 percent of the precincts - said he hoped to meet Russia's leaders in the first half of ...

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Balkh gets 150 more polling sites

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday an additional 150 polling sites would open on the voting day in northern Balkh province, where 13 polling stations are under high security threat. A gathering was arranged by Nihad Radio in the provincial capital to ensure greater participation of locals in the election. Residents and provincial IEC officials attended the meeting. IEC ...

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Security Lapses Challenge To Runoff: IDLG

KABUL: The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday called the runoff presidential vote challenging, warning militants might foment trouble in case of major security lapses. Addressing a meeting of ministries’ spokespersons, provincial governors and police chiefs, IDLG deputy head Abdul Mateen Baig said the militants were preparing to avenge their defeat during the first round of electio ...

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WJ Summons Top Security Officials

The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Saturday decided to summon security officials a week later to brief the august house on the crucial second round of presidential election. Presidential contenders Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah are set to contest the runoff vote slated for June 14. Eng. Zakria, a lawmaker from Kabul, told the session sporadic cross-border attacks were being unleashed by neighbou ...

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Candidates Warned of Disqualification

KABUL: The Independent Election (IEC) on Saturday warned presidential runners of disqualification if they trampled on relevant laws. IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad told reporters in Kabul both presidential hopefuls should avoid raking up ethnic and religious issues during their campaigns. He asked the contenders and their campaign managers to canvass keeping in view the election laws and rules. In case of viol ...

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Pakistan Trying To Scuttle Run-Off: NDS

KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) deputy chief on Wednesday alleged Pakistan was trying to sabotage the run-off election due on June 14. Gen. Hasamuddin Hassam levelled the allegation at a meeting which was attended by officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defence (MoD). Gen. Hassam said Pakistan wanted to harass the ordinary Afgha ...

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Runoff Campaign Kicks Off Tomorrow

KABUL: Amid security concerns, three-week canvassing for the runoff election between Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would begin on Thursday, an official said on Wednesday. In line with the law and the commission’s timeline, the presidential candidates could open their campaign from 12 midnight, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman told reporters in Kabul. Noor Mohammad No ...

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Provincial council Result have been released

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced Tuesday that the vote results for the provincial council election have been released. Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said the preliminary vote results for provincial council election has been published on the IEC website The vote results for provincial council election were released ...

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Iraq’s Maliki ‘Set To Win Elections’

Preliminary results show Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki winning largest share of seats in last month's polls.   Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections but fell short of a majority, leaving him in the driver's seat to retain his post despite vocal opposition. Monday’s results from the election commission showed Maliki's State of Law alliance garne ...

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Kabul Police Promise Voter Security

KABUL: Police in this central capital on Monday said they were all poised to provide security for the second round of presidential elections in coordination with other organs. Kabul Police Chief Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir told reporters they had adopted comprehensive security measures in all parts of the city to enable residents to participate in the June 14 runoff election. He said security forces had proven ...

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Transfer of Election Materials Underway

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday the packing and delivery of sensitive electoral materials to 10 provinces had been completed and the process was proceeding smoothly. IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the commission faced no hurdles to the delivery of sensitive materials. The process is ongoing in an accurate way as authorities avoid past mistakes. He said more information ...

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Dismissing the Culpable Election Workers

A number of civil organizations and election observers called on electoral bodies to dismiss the employees who have been involved in electoral irregularities and frauds during the first round of elections. In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission has warned that it would deal seriously with those employees who are found to be involved with fraudulent actions during the elections. Afghanistan’s e ...

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India’s New Parliament To Have Highest Proportion Of Lawmakers With Criminal Charges

NEW DELHI, This newly elected Indian Parliament's lower house, or Lok Sabha, will have the highest proportion of lawmakers with criminal cases against them and will also be the richest since 2004, local daily The Hindu online reported Sunday. Over a third or 34 percent of new Members of Parliament face criminal charges, the report quoted data from the Association for Democratic Reforms' (ADR) analysis of el ...

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June 14 Runoff Vote To Cost $18m: IEC

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced printing 15 million ballot papers for the runoff polls, a process that is estimated to cost more than $18 million. Based on final results, former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah remains on top with more than 45 percent of votes. World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani finished second with 31.6percent of the ballots cast. Most of materials for ...

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Afghan Election Final results released

The independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Thursday released the final vote results for the presidential election. Based on the final vote results, Abdullah Abdullah has secured 44% of the total votes, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 31.6% and Zalmai Rassoul 11.2%. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf has secured 7.0% of the votes, Qotbuddin Helal 2.8%, Gul Agha Sherzai 1.6%, Sultanzoy 0.5% and Arsala 0.2%. Inde ...

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The Candidates Must Act with Maturity

  The IEC is set to announce the elections’ final results on today. Unidentified officials at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have reaffirmed that the election will go into the runoff, and there are no considerable changes to the preliminary results of the elections which were announced by the IEC about two weeks ago. Ahead of the announcement of the election results, there are some concerns ...

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IECC Submits Report but Results Delayed

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday delayed announcing the final result of the April 5 vote, saying it was yet to receive the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) report. The commission’s spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told a news conference in Kabul that the electoral watchdog had failed to share its final decision with IEC on the final results. He said the IEC waited until ...

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Abdullah Not Satisfied With IECC Job

KABUL: Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to address the complaints his team had lodged regarding 1,433 polling sites before the announcement of final results. Abdullah said his campaign team had evidence of fraudulent voting that could have a “significant impact on final results”. Without naming anyone, Abdullah told a press conferenc ...

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Indian Election Commission gives outgoing gov’t go-ahead to appoint next Army chief

India's independent Election Commission Monday gave its nod to the outgoing Congress-led government to begin the process of appointing the next Indian Army chief, sources said. The current Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, retires on July 31, and as per the prevailing tradition, his successor has to be appointed two to three months prior to that. "The Election Commission has informed the Defense Mini ...

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