October 16, 2010

KABUL, Oct 16 – The Electoral Complaints Commission has apparently extended the period candidates are permitted to respond to complaints the ECC has sustained against them from three to five days.

The ECC told a news conference Saturday that “in the interests of justice the ECC is giving the candidates in question personal notice of the charges agains t them and is granting them five days from the time they are notified to defend themselves against the allegations.”

September 27, 2010

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.


September 26, 2010

Kabul, Sept 26 – U.S. based Democracy International, which deployed 80 international observers to this month’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, said on Sunday it was still too early to measure the effect of fraud but called on the country’s electoral institutions to stay committed to transparently resolving irregularities and tabulating results.

September 23, 2010

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission held a press conference to announce partial results of its first tally of votes coming in from the country's 34 provinces. Here are our notes from the conference.


September 23, 2010

In today's local news: Khost elders unhappy with poll; IEC announces plans to release preliminary results; Badghis residents deprived chance to vote; IEC Media Commission press  conference.

September 23, 2010


The Media Commission of the Independent Election Commission held a press conference in Kabul Thursday to pass on its findings about  media during the election, including violations during the silent period 48 hours before the poll. Here are our notes of the speech by the Media Commission’s Chairman Naseer Sherzai:

September 22, 2010

In today’s local news: competing alliances are already claiming significant numbers of seats in the Wolesi Jirga elections; Taliban are reported to have been cutting off fingers in Herat; and the governor of Wardak is claiming the election was a success despite security issues in his province.

Opposition Claims Victory in Parliamentary Elections
Mandegar, Dari daily, Sept 22, 2010

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