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European Union Regrets Result Figures Not Published




(Last Updated On: September 22, 2014)


The European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) has welcomed the Afghan political agreement on national unity government but has regretted that no precise results figures were published by the election commission.


EU EAT Chief Observer Thijs Berman states: “A political agreement has been reached on a future government and on a division of roles between the two candidates, after an unsatisfactory audit process. I welcome and deeply value the political will to secure stability in the country. However, the high proportion of fraud brought to light shows an unacceptable lack of respect towards so many Afghans, women and men, who freely went to cast their vote, often at great personal risk. Moreover, Afghan voters are entitled to be guaranteed that, in future elections, full transparency will be applied on the exact way their votes have been administered”.


Following the non-acceptance of the preliminary results of the second round by one candidate, a political agreement was reached on July 12, 2014 in favor of an audit of all 8.1 million votes previously validated by the IEC. This agreement offered only general guidelines on how to approach this complex audit process, and more detailed procedures had to be elaborated while the audit was being conducted.


“The audit procedures, negotiated with both sides and therefore inevitably complex, have been at times inconsistently and hastily applied under high political tension. This has contributed to an imperfect effort to separate fraudulent votes from clean votes. The EU EAT concludes that, even after this full audit, questions remain on the electoral process and on the final outcome, in particular as the audit failed to bring full clarity on final results. The political agreement reached should now be the start of a new era,” underlines EU Chief Observer Thijs Berman.


The EU EAT assessed the entire audit process with up to 410 observers. This exceptionally high number of electoral experts allowed the EU EAT to be present at the audit of nearly half of the total number of ballot boxes from all 34 provinces. The assessment by the EU EAT, which has been detailed and accurate due to the high number (47,4%) of ballot boxes observed by the Team, shows clear evidence of large-scale fraud, mainly ballot stuffing.


It has to be underlined that a relatively small numbers of polling station results were subject to full invalidations, while almost half of the polling station audits led to recounts and partial invalidations. All provinces have been affected by fraud, in varying degrees.


The EU EAT welcomes the announcement, in the overall political agreement, that the Afghan authorities will initiate the elaboration of profound electoral reforms in the perspective of the future elections of 2015.


“Effective anti-fraud measures, neglected for years, will have to be enforced, including the prosecution of those involved in electoral violations during the 2014 presidential elections. We are very much looking forward to contribute to this effort with the recommendations in the Final Report of the EU Election Assessment Team, to be published soon. This report will contain concrete suggestions for reforms with the objective to strengthen the credibility of elections in the country and to restore the necessary confidence of the Afghan voters in their young democracy”, concludes Thijs Berman, EU EAT Chief Observer.




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Changes to Be Made in Electoral Reformation Committee System: Ghani




(Last Updated On: June 27, 2015)


President Mohammad Asharf Ghani   has decided to reform the Electoral Reformation committee.

A member of the following committee said that the number of the members from 9 will be deducted and new face will be added in the committee as the member.

Member of the reformation Electoral committee Aziz Rafiee said,” there is no news from the activities of the following committee,there is possible changes to be made, I hope to see the new changes made within the committee as soon as possible.”

Earlier President Ghani had promised two weeks ago that Electoral Reformation Committee to begin its activities in this week, but his words weren’t interpreted practically.

Head of the Election Transparent Foundation in Afghanistan Naim Ayubzada said,” there is still a deadlock, President Ghani is trying to appoint new faces within the committee as the new members.”

Mp Abdul Qadir Zazai said,” there is still disagreement in between the two leaders of the National Unity Government,the following issue has caused that the Electoral Reformation Committee could begin its activities.”

Efforts made to have the Presidential palace and CEO offices both have expressed nothing about the issue.

 Reported by Nasrat Parsa

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Afghans Won’t Attend Election with Current Election System: Experts




(Last Updated On: April 5, 2015)


A number of the Election experts and members of the Wolesi Jirga in the Afghanistan Presidential Election anniversary day have said,” this day is the most defamed day in the political history of the world.”

They have believed that the outcome of the presidential Election is no completed cabinet, ongoing arguments on special Electoral reformation committee.

Afghan Nation have casted their votes for their favorite presidential candidate last year as the same day it seemed that Afghans weren’t ready to elect their president for the first round of the Presidential Election that means none of the candidates earned 50+1 votes, the Election went to its second round and into a deep phase of arguments, it made the US secretary of state to play the role of trouble shooter in between the two leaders of the National Unity Government, and it was decided that all the  votes of Afghans should be audited and reviewed once again.


Head of the Independent Election Commission IEC Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani announced that Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the President of Afghanistan and Dr, Abdullah Abdullah as the chief of executive.


Afghan lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost has declared the presidential Election full of cheating, frauds, it’s the very first country in the world that its Nation do not understand the numbers of votes for their own president.

After all auditing process and mediation of US secretary of state John Kerry the Presidential election arguments continued, in the long run after the mediation of the Afghanistan former president Hamid Karzia and some other Jihadi leaders the National Unity Government agreement was signed, the following agreement indicated important below issues the second person in the National Unity Government will be as the chief executive, holding of the National Assembly (Loya Jirga) after two years, reformation of the Afghanistan constitution, and establishing of the electoral special committee.

The Afghanistan former president Hamid Karzai said,” Afghan Nation have been capable to establish the National Unity Government NUG.”


President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has sworn as the Afghan President on 29th of September 2014 after that the president signed the decree for appointing the chief of executive and its deputies, they have all done swearing ceremony and after some days they began to work officially.


Head of the Election Watch Afghanistan EWA Jandad Ispinghar said,” we see the outcomes of the presidential Election, its has been seven months by now the NUG cabinet doesn’t get completed, there is serious issues ongoing over the establishing of the special Electoral reformation committee, Parliament can’t decide, all Governors are working as the acting.”

Reformation of the Election system has been the important part of the political agreement made on NUG, Though the committee has been established, still existed issues in between the two leaders of the National Unity Government has caused them not be capable to begin its working.


Head of the Fair and Free Election foundation FEFA Yusuf Rashid said,” The vision of the both leaders are contrary on reformation of the Election system,both team have their own agendas but they have yet to achieve any conclusion on appointing the members of the special electoral committee.”

Afghan experts have warned if the current Election system doesn’t get reformed, Afghan Nation will not cast their votes and participate in the Election process.

Reported by Hameed Sideqee



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