Tag Archives: Afghan elections

Will Elite Power-brokering Resolve Afghan Political Crisis?

The current confusion in Afghanistan’s political crisis highlights the paradoxical nature of Afghan politics: both highly fluid at times of uncertainty, as well as inherently rigid. Amid all this, Karzai still remains the most important player in the current crisis. All depends on how he plays it. He has emerged as the strongest player in mediation.

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Afghanistan’s Unending Ballot Test

Millions of Afghans once again proved on June 14 – the day run-off elections for the country’s presidency were held – that despite terrorist threats and widespread low-level violence, they are vested in a democratic future.   However, the entrenched elites affiliated to the two contending camps backing Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are at odds over ballot tallying, irregularities and procedural …

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Lessons from Afghan Presidential Elections

When, Nadir Khan, the father of Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan and Father of the Nation, decided to draft a constitution for his absolute monarchy, the sycophants in his court opposed the idea. They advised him that while his majesty king was alive Afghanistan did not need constitution. They said that the will of the king is law …

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What Next After Historic Afghan Vote?

Voters in Afghanistan turned out in record numbers on April 5th to elect a new president and provincial councils. Estimates put the voter turnout at nearly 60 percent. The high turnout was significant for many reasons — the top being people coming out of their homes despite Taliban threat and the exclusion of Afghan refuges in Pakistan from the voting process. …

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Concern Over Polling in Afghan Schools and Clinics

The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.   According to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), half of the 3,410 polling centers are in schools; 668 more schools are being used as polling …

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