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Abdullah’s Coalition-Making Strides

  Zalmay Rassoul, former foreign minister and presidential candidate who stood in third place in the first round of elections, joined Abdullah Abdullah’s camp that is bracing for the race in the second round of elections. Rassoul’s support to Dr. Abdullah’s candidacy for president is viewed as a major victory for Abdullah’s team that is reinforced by a number of prominent figures joining the camp. Rass ...

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Zalmai Rassoul endorses Abdullah in election runoff

Presidential runner Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday announced to support Abdullah Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul is the second presidential candidate to endorse Abdullah in the second round of election. Zalmai Rassoul’s electoral team said they will support Abdullah Abdullah’s team during the second round of election based on an agreement that the two teams will work on decentralization, ...

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IECC investigates 74 more complaints

  More electoral complaints were investigated by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) at a fourth public hearing on Tuesday, an official said. Most of the 74 complaints were recorded against the campaign teams of leading presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the northeastern zone. Representatives of candidates, civil society organisations and media ...

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Power Struggle and Corruption

  Kabul Mayor Mohammad Yonous Nawandish and a number of Lower House representatives are engaged in trading heated accusations pointing fingers at each other for being involved in corruption. In response to the House representatives’ call for dismissal his dismissal, Nawandish published some evidences to the media and accused the MPs and the Speaker of the House of illegal demands and corruption. In rec ...

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Over 240 more election complaints discussed

  KABUL: In the run-up to the final outcome, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday evaluated more than 240 complaints. Representatives of civil society, candidates and media outlets attended the third public hearing into complaints from Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Ghor and Nimroz provinces. Most of the complaints were recorded in Kandahar and Her ...

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ECC’s First Public Review of Complaints

    KABUL - On Wednesday, officials of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) began addressing complaints registered after the release of preliminary results to the media. Officials of the ECC said that a total of 121 complaints were registered against the preliminary results of the presidential elections, of which nine complaints were broadcasted to the public. After today's announcement, the ...

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Qanuni Asks IEC to Respect People’s Verdict

KABUL - The first vice-president on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to respect people’s verdict and prevent the use of unfair means. Speaking at an event marking the Mujahideen’s Victory, Younus Qanuni said the April 5 election had put Afghanistan on the road to a bright future. The IEC was duty-bound to respect people’s mandate, he stressed. Qanuni added masses had discharged their ...

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EU Chief Observer Asks IEC to Publish Results Online

KABUL - The EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT), welcoming the preliminary results, on Sunday said it invited the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to increase transparency and publish online all preliminary results per polling station. “This will enable all stakeholders including voters and candidates to fully evaluate the presidential election at that stage,” Thijs Berman, the EU EAT chief observer, ...

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Afghan Troops Are Ready To Maintain Second Round of Election’s Security

Afghan army forces are prepared to maintain security if the election goes to the second round. Said General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Chief of the General Staff of the Afghan Army He was speaking during the national Security Council meeting where the Potential of the Afghan armed forces were discussed. The meeting was held in the presence of other senior Afghan commanders and security officials. Interior minist ...

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Afghan elections draw a line in the sand – Abdullah vs. Ghani

It took three weeks for the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission to announce the initial result of the presidential election on Saturday April 26th. They claimed there were difficulties with taking the ballot boxes from remote areas, the counting process and recognizing the real votes from the fake one. The Commission said none of the eight candidates met 50%+1 number of votes, meaning that the elect ...

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The Challenging Election Run-off

As expected, the presidential elections will go into a run-off round between the two front-runner candidates – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. According to the full preliminary results of the elections, Abdullah is in the lead with about 44.9 of the votes and Ashraf Ghani follows him with more than 31 percent of the votes. Based on elections timeline, the candidates will have about two weeks to ...

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Preliminary Afghan vote results released

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released preliminary Afghan vote results on Saturday. Abdullah Abdullah secured 44.9% of votes, Dr. Ashraf Ghani 41.5%, Zalmai Rassoul 11.5% and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf 7.1% of the votes. He said the election will likely go to the second round however it will become clear once the independent electoral complaints commission (ECC) completes its work. ...

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Respect the Will of the People

As the officials are going to announce the results of the 5 April elections next week, there are widespread concerns about behaviors of the leading candidates to the outcome of the process. In the last defining phase of the elections, the election is highly contested and the main frontrunners openly express confidence for winning the elections. The two main contenders of the elections have been in fierce co ...

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IEC Delays Preliminary Results to Saturday

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) stated in a press release Tuesday night that they have delayed the announcement of preliminary results to Saturday April 26, 2014. Instead a third partial result will be shared on Thursday. The press release states, that the delay is only for a short period of time allowing the IEC to thoroughly assess the ballots to provide an accurate and credible result that will ...

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IEC’s Election Conduct Under Scrutiny

As the election commission is considering thousands of votes for irregularities, differences are emerging from within the Independent Election Commission over the handling of the suspicious votes. Aziz Aryafar, a member of the Independent Election Commission challenged the ruling of the invalidation of thousands of votes in Western Herat Province. Aryafar question legality of the decision made by IEC local ...

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Abdullah’s Lead in Presidential Polls

As more results are announced by the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah Abdullah further extends his lead in the presidential elections over his main rival Ashraf Ghani. With the gap between the two frontrunners further widening, there is a growing sense of confidence among Dr. Abdullah’s team that he might win a majority of the votes in the first round of the elections. Dr. Abdullah himself has comm ...

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Dealing with the Electoral Irregularities

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has decided to quarantine thousands of votes due to many complaints submitted regarding irregularities and frauds in some certain polling stations across the country. According to the ECC officials, if the complaints are found valid, the votes will be disqualified. The ECC and IEC have assured in recent weeks that all the illegitimate votes will be disqualified and ...

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The Role of Citizen Journalism in the Elections

Afghan internet-savvy youth are playing a crucial role in the ongoing elections – through exposing frauds and irregularities that have taken place on the Election Day. Since the day of elections about two weeks ago, dozens of video clips have been circulating on the social networking websites that exposes frauds, intimidations, ballot stuffing and other sorts of electoral irregularities. The widespread enth ...

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The Post-Election Taliban Insurgency

The surprising turnout of the voters in the weekend’s presidential elections was a clear ‘no’ to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. In contrast to what is narrated through the media, the ‘no’ votes of the citizens to the Taliban were not limited to the Election Day. Before the elections, the show-ups of the people in the provinces were a clear sign that the people would participate in large numbers in ...

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The Partial Results of the Elections

With the partial results of the election announced, Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani seem to be heading to a run-off election that would be held late next month. According to the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah has won 41.9 percent of the polls and Ashraf Ghani trails behind him with around 37 percent of the partial votes. The votes announced on Sunday count for 500,000 of the whole votes. The ECC offici ...

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