Ban Ki-moon Praises Afghan Vote

Mr Ban Ki-moon noted that the participation of over 2,500 election contestants, including 400 women was a significant step for the civil society of Afghanistan. He also admired the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces for maintaining security during this democratic process that took place in more than 5,000 polling centres.

56 People Detained for Using Fake Votes in Logar

Fifty-six people, half of whom were election workers, were detained for stuffing ballot boxes with fake votes in central Logar province, officials said. The suspects were detained on Saturday after polling centres closed in Dobandi area of Khwakhi district, Zarghone area of Muhammad Aghan district and Barakibarak district and Porak village of

IEC Calls the Elections a Success

IEC announced on Saturday evening that the Afghan parliamentary elections ended successfully despite fears of fraud and Taliban attacks Although there were some who attempted to commit fraud, but it wasn't possible because the IEC was closely monitoring everything, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Fazal Ahmad Manawi, told reporters at

Campaign Ends as Afghanistan Readies for Vote

KABUL - Campaigning for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections formally ends at midnight Wednesday, when thousands of candidates must take a break from hustings ahead of Saturday's poll. In cities across the country, almost every available inch of public space has been festooned with election posters showing photographs of the candidates and the symbol

NDI: Afghan Election Update

Most of Afghanistan’s political parties were unable to register in time to get their names on the Sept. 18 election ballot as a result of requirements in a new election law passed in September 2009. Before the new law was passed, more than 100 parties had registered with the Ministry of Justice (M0J). But

Profiles of Union Election Commission Members

Shortly after the promulgation of the Union Election Commission Law in March, Burma's junta appointed a Union Election Commission of 18 members. The commission is led by former major-general Thein Soe, who has served as a military judge advocate-general and deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Irrawaddy compiled brief profiles

NDI: Afghan Election Update

On Aug.18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) posted the final list of polling centers (PCs) for the 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections comprising 5,897 PCs with 18,762 polling stations (PSs). To generate this list, Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), in cooperation with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), led an initial threat assessment to determine locations secure

NDI: Afghan Election Update

For the 2010 Afghan Wolesi Jirga elections, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is conducting an observation mission and analyz- ing the electoral process before, during and after election day. This mission involves more than 140 international analysts and Afghan observers throughout the country. For more information, visit NDI.org and AfghanistanElectionData.org.

Election Competition in Mon State Heating Up

Representative from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) say the party plans to delay sending in its Hluttaw [candidate list] as long as possible, to avoid drawing notice from government-run political groups. According to a vice campaign organizer, the AMRDP is withholding its candidate list because it fears that early announcements

EC: We Haven’t Rejected By-Election Complaints

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rejected a claim by the opposition Pheu Thai Party that it had discarded a complaint against the Democrat Party in last Sunday's by-election in Bangkok's Constituency 6. Suthep Romayanond, chief of the EC's Bangkok office, said that the five election commissioners have been informed about a complaint

Bangkok Post: Poll Worker Killed in Shooting

A polling staff member was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Surat Thani's Khiri Ratthanikhom district yesterday. Ratchawan Palangsuwarat, 50, was attacked at 5am by two men on a motorcycle while she was leaving home to work at the 4th polling unit at Khuanmaprao village in tambon Thamsingkhon of Khiri Ratthanikhom

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP – NEW BRIEFING: The Myanmar Elections

Inordinate delay by the Burmese Election Commission (EC) to grant approval to the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) led by former Vice-Chairman of ‘Kachin Independence Organization’ (KIO), has considerably delayed organizational work. “We are awaiting party registration from the Commission to start organizational work. We feel that there is deliberate delay in

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