Election Overview Update

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Seats Contested

  • 249 Seats in 34 Provinces, plus one national constituency for Kuchi Nomads.
  • 68 Seats Reserved for Female Candidates.
  • Under President Karzai's amendments to the Electoral Law made earlier this year, reserved seats with no female candidates will go to male candidates.


  • There were 2,532 total registered and eligibe candidates as of September 16, 2010.
  • 399 of those candidates (approximately 15%) were female.
  • 32 candidates will appear on the ballot with a registered political party affiliation. Only five parties qualified with the Independent Election Commission to appear on the ballot.
  • The Electoral Complaints Commission has de-listed as ineligible 91 candidates from the original list of registered candidates due to electoral law violations as of September 16, 2010.
  • Of these, 36 have lost their candidacy due to membership of an illegal armed group, one because someone else had registered for him and the remainder (54) because they failed to resign from government positions on time.

Polling Centers

  • Planned for 2009: 6,524
  • Reported by the IEC to Have Opened 2009: 6,293
  • Included in Final Results After ECC Review 2009: 5,438
  • Developed in Preliminary List for 2010: 6,835
  • Planned for 2010: Following a security review of the preliminary list the IEC announced on August 18, 2010 plans to open 5,897 polling centers. The IEC announced on September 7, 2010 the closing of an additional 81 polling centers in Nangarhar province, for a new planned total of 5,816.
  • Reported by the IEC to Have Opened 2010: 5,510 polling centers opened on election day and 306 were closed, according to the IEC as of September 28, 2010.

Votes Cast and Counted

  • Ballots Cast 2010: 4,332,371, as of September 23, 2010.
  • Polling Center Forms Received at IEC: Approximately 5,000 as of September 26, 2010.
  • Provinces Partially Counted: Twelve as of September 26, 2010.


  • Polling Center Forms Quarantined by IEC: Approximately 700 as of September 26, 2010. 500 of these were subsequently cleared for data entry. Seven provinces' partial results are being re-counted as of September 26, 2010.
  • Complaints Filed with ECC and Provincial ECCs Prior to Election Day: Approximately 1,700
  • Complaints Filed with ECC and Provincial ECCs Following Election Day: 3,557 as of September 26, 2010.
  • Complaints Intaken and Classified by ECC and Provincial ECCs: 2,536 as of September 26, 2010.
  • Priority A Complaints (Potential to Change Election Outcomes): 1,427 (57%)


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