Field Report

September 12, 2010

With less than a week to go until elections for Afghanistan's lower house of parliament, DI’s long-term observers in the field have been reporting their impressions of the pre-election environment.

September 10, 2010

(Greg is our political expert, and here offers a contrarian view of the election based on meetings with candidates. Update: See also a new video in our Multimedia section in which Greg discusses the pros and cons of the single non-transferable vote system.)

September 08, 2010

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) announced today a further eight candidates had been disqualified for next week’s Wolesi Jirga elections. Here are our notes from the press conference by ECC Commissoner Ahmad Zia Rafat, held at the Serena Hotel.

September 07, 2010

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced today that security concerns raised by local and foreign security agencies have led to the closing of 81 additional polling centers in Nangarhar province for Afghanistan's upcoming Wolesi Jirga elections. This is the first change to the list of polling centers first announced by the IEC on August 18.

September 02, 2010

Here are our notes from Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) press conference led by IEC chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi held in Kabul Thursday. (To see previous notes from previous press conferences, check out the tags at the bottom of this and other posts.) Mr Manawi spoke about delivery of election material, insecurity in some provinces, their civic awareness program, and information about disqualified candidates and sample ballots.

August 31, 2010

Here is our summary from the press conference by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), held at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel today (Tuesday 31st August).

August 26, 2010

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission Chairman Fazil Ahmad Manawi speaking at a press conference August 26 2010 Kabul (photo by Colin Cookman)

August 22, 2010

Here are our notes from Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) press conference led by Commissioner Ahmad Zia Rafat held in Kabul today (Sunday). Rafat spoke about delisting of candidates, the status of IEC Commissioner Johann Kriegler, and about recent reporters about the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).

July 30, 2010

There was a debate between four members of parliament over the recent controversy of vote of no confidence in Karzai ministers from the parliament.

Background of the controversy:

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