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Determination of Afghans to Participate in the Elections

Despite daunting challenges ahead of the ongoing elections, a vast majority of Afghans seem determined to take part in the elections and make their voices heard in the collective decision-making process for determining the future leadership of the country. In recent weeks, there has been a wave of violence by terrorist organizations – the Taliban and other terrorist outfits. The Taliban organized a number o ...

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The Candidates Must Accept Election Results

Only days into the upcoming elections, a high ranking UN official urged Afghan presidential candidates to be prepared for accepting the election results. As the election date is getting closer, concerns are widespread about behaviors of the election candidates after the election outcome is announced. One of the key characteristics of the ongoing election is that it is highly contested and each of the frontr ...

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Sadat Warns of Threats to Election Process

KABUL - Only one week before the April 5 vote, the independent election commission (IEC) on Saturday warned of serious threats to the process. IEC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat told a news conference in Kabul that insecurity posed a major threat to the presidential and provincial elections, slated for April 5. He added election observers found it hard overseeing the process in insecure areas, where there were ...

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Frightening the Voters

Less than two weeks to the presidential election, the level of violence is steadily rising with Taliban militants organizing terror attacks on daily basis. On Tuesday, the militants attacked on an office of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul and a bank in eastern Kunar province which. The two terrorist attacks left many civilians and security personnel dead and wounded. The sudden surge in violenc ...

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IEC Concerned at Govt Officials’ Interference

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday voiced concern over government servants’ participation in the election campaign, saying necessary materials could not be transported to some restive areas. Addressing a seminar on the role of religious scholars and tribal elders in the election process, IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel said preparations were in place to hold the vote on schedule. H ...

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Afghanistan in 1393: Election and Security

As Afghanistan is going to celebrate the new Hijri year, the Taliban relentlessly continue their campaign of violence not only against Afghan security forces but also against innocent civilians. The latest brutal attack of a suicide bomber in Maymana of Faryab killed and wounded dozens of innocent people. As Afghanistan is getting closer to the Election Day, the bloodshed carried by the Taliban is not a goo ...

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Concerns of Election Rigging

As the election date is approaching, there are increasing concerns about a possible rigging of the election as many of the polling stations remain insecure and out of assured control of the observers and the electoral bodies. Recently, some of the presidential candidates, particularly those from the opposition, have warned about attempts for electoral frauds which could potentially harm the democratic pract ...

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The Deteriorating Security for Election Campaigns

With the development of the presidential election process, security of the electoral campaigns across the country has been deteriorating. In recent month, the militants have intensified their assaults on the election campaigners and election workers in different provinces. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team has been targeted more than every other candidate during recent weeks of the ongoing election campaign ...

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Women Could Play Influential Role in April’s Elections

Kabul- Women make up close to half of the Afghan population, and despite issues in past elections, many of them seem determined to leave their mark on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) prides itself on the number of female voters it has registered this year, which is said to number around 1.2 million at this point. But that number is less t ...

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Wardak Pulls Out of Presidential Race

KABUL - Former defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak on Sunday announced pulling out of the presidential election slated for April 5. Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Wardak acknowledged his election campaign had been lackluster right from the word go. The ex-minister thanked his choices for first and second vice-presidents, saying that his decision was not in favour of any specific contender. Without g ...

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Election Materials Transported to 368 Districts

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced transporting election materials to 368 districts without any security threat. MoI spokesman Siddique Siddiqui told a news conference in Kabul the materials included ballot papers, ballot boxes, ink, pens, candidate posters and other items. He said the materials would be sent to areas from district centres. As many as 396 polling stations remain clos ...

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Karzai’s Remarks on Election, Peace and BSA

In his address to the parliament, President Karzai warned foreigners not to meddle in Afghanistan’s election. In his last speech to the parliament, the President addressed some key issues including the forthcoming elections, Afghanistan’s relations with the US, the bilateral security agreement and Pakistan’s role in the peace efforts. President Karzai once again assured that there would be a fair and free e ...

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Threatening the Elections

The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the upcoming elections and asked the people not to participate in the April’s presidential race. A spokesman of the militant group released a statement calling the practice as an American agenda which aims to bring a pro-American figure to power in Kabul. The new threats from the Taliban are coming a few weeks to the election which is to be the first election in Afghanistan ...

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Marshal Fahim’s Absence in the Electoral Politics

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Marshal Qasim Fahim’s death was unexpected and occurred at a crucial juncture of time. As a leading political figure, Fahim passed away at a time when the country is inching closer to the April’s presidential election, which is going to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan. Marshal Fahim was expected to play an important role in the upcoming elections ...

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Qayum, Rassoul Push Alliance to the Brink: Aides

KABUL - The final result of ongoing negotiations between presidential candidates Abdul Qayum Karzai and Zalmai Rassoul to join forces is expected to be announced tomorrow, an aide to the President Karzai’s older brother said on Wednesday. Dr. Habibi, who campaigns for Qayum, confirmed to Pajhwok the negotiations were ongoing between their leader and Rassoul, a former foreign minister. He said the final deci ...

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Election Campaigns and Rule of Law

Provincial election candidates started a one-month official campaign on Tuesday, only a month to the upcoming election which is due to be held on April 5. Officials at the Electoral Complaints Commission asked the candidates to observe the rules and campaign in a way that would institutionalize and strengthen democratic principles in Afghanistan. The provincial election campaign starts as the campaign of th ...

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The Jirga of Kandahari Elders

Since last week, dozens of tribal elders from Kandahar Province have been negotiating behind closed-door Jirga (grand assembly) to pick a consensus nominate for the presidential race. The Jirga, which has become nicknamed as the Jirga of the Kandaharis, is to choose between Abdul Qayoum Karzai, a brother to President Hamid Karzai, and Zalmay Rasoul, former foreign minister and also a close ally of the Presi ...

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Jirga Underway on Qayyum-RassoulDeal

KABUL - An ongoing jirga of elders is set to bring about an electoral understanding between presidential runners Dr. ZalmaiRassoul and Abdul Qayyum Karzai, officials said on Sunday. Any decision of the jirga, expected later in the day, will be acceptable to both sides, Karzai’s campaign office said, adding that 170 elders from the 34 provinces had been authorised to convince one candidate to withdraw in fav ...

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Four Presidential Candidates Take Part in Second TV Debate

KABUL - Four Afghan presidential candidates participated in the second televised TOLOnews debate on Tuesday night, exchanging views on the country's security and domestic politics ahead of the April vote. The candidates went head-to head into testy exchanges during the debate, which touched on security, corruption, women's rights. The candidates answered questions for nearly two hours from moderator Mujahid ...

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Redoubling Efforts for Securing the Election

With the election looming, the most significant threat to the process seems to be the worsening security despite assurances given by the officials. Recently, Afghan security agencies assured that security has been provided for a number of ballot stations which were initially considered as insecure. The officials have assured that the police and army forces will be capable of providing security for the elect ...

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