October 06, 2010

Kabul, Oct 7 – Here’s a follow-up our previous analysis map which compares the 2009 Polling Centers the IEC says opened and the 2010 Polling Centers it planned to open. The map below updates the information with data on which polling centers actually opened: the shade of the province illustrates the number of polling centers opened (the scale is at the bottom right-hand corner) while the size of the circle reflects the numbers of polling centers which had been planned to open but remained closed. Gray circles indicate those provinces where all the planned centers opened.

September 20, 2010

A core component of Democracy International's mission is the record of events that our field observers witness at polling centers on election day and in the run-up to the vote. To better visualize and share this data, DI has launched a new project in conjunction with Small World News and Ushahidi.

September 19, 2010

Yesterday, Afghan voters in all 34 provinces went go to the polls to elect the 249 members of the lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. While election day has passed, the counting and tally process is expected to continue through October before final results are announced.

September 17, 2010

KABUL, Sept 17 - The single non-transferable vote (SNTV) system used in Afghanistan's elections can produce a wide range of vote spreads, the difference of votes earned between the candidates winning seats.  

In the 2005 election for Afghanistan's lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, some of the vote spreads were very wide, such as in Kabul, where the difference between the top vote earner and the lowest successful candidate was 50,646 votes.  

September 16, 2010

As part of our observation of Afghanistan's rapidly-approaching parliamentary elections, DI sought to supplement the qualitative assessments of our field observer teams with a quantitative survey of Afghan public opinion.

September 12, 2010

KABUL, Sept 12 - Accusations of widespread fraud and electoral mismanagement marred the conduct of Afghanistan’s Presidential and Provincial Council elections in September 2009. In advance of the upcoming elections for Afghanistan's lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, what is the Independent Election Commission (IEC) doing to deter fraud in Afghanistan's first fully locally-led electoral process? Democracy International has identified a number of operational reforms undertaken by the IEC in its preparation for the upcoming vote, outlined in the video below.

September 08, 2010

As we've noted before in previous analysis, one effect of the Single-Non Transferable Vote system, used in all of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections to date, is that candidates often win with very small shares of the vote in their respective provinces, since voters only receive one ballot for a multi-member constituency and coordinated party voting is very difficult.

September 04, 2010

After a review conducted by Afghan and international security forces, the Afghan Independent Election Commission issued a final list of 5,897 Polling Centers on August 18, 2010. This was less than the 6,835 centers developed in its preliminary list for 2010, which has not been made public.

Update: On September 7, 2010, the IEC announced the closure of an additional 81 Polling Centers in Nangahar province due to security concerns. This change is now reflected in the map and chart attached below.

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