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  Elections in Afghanistan
A draft constitution was distributed throughout Afghanistan in 2003, and Afghans from all walks of life joined the official Constitutional Debate.
In the autumn of 2003, meetings were held at the local and provincial leve ls to select delegates for the Loya Jirga meeting in December to debate the draft and adopt the new constitution.
The lower house will be chosen by direct elections, while the upper house will be evenly divided between representatives selected by provisional councils, representatives selected by district councils, and presidential appointees.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2004/10/20041007-13.html   (609 words)

  
  Afghanistan's Elections and the Resurgent Taliban
Afghanistan’s September 18 parliamentary elections are an important and historic milestone marking progress in the development of a stable democracy in that war-torn country.
Afghanistan elected a president, Hamid Karzai, last year for the first time in its history, and the elections for parliament are expected to broaden and deepen the country’s nascent democratic political system.
Roughly 5,800 candidates are seeking election to 249 seats in the lower house of parliament (the “House of People”) and to the 34 provincial councils that will subsequently help select the members of the upper house of parliament (the “House of Elders”) in 2006.
www.heritage.org /Research/MiddleEast/wm847.cfm   (1046 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Long delayed parliamentary elections set in Afghanistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Presidential and parliamentary elections were initially scheduled for June last year, but both were delayed because of the slow pace of preparations and efforts to disarm warlords and militia commanders who the United Nations' feared would intimidate voters.
The presidential elections were held in October, but the legislative ballot was postponed until May, and then again to September because of what President Hamid Karzai called "technical problems" and lack of an accurate census.
Afghanistan's population is an estimated 25 million, though there has been no reliable census since decades of war led to flight by millions.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-03-20-afghan-parliament_x.htm   (457 words)

  
 Elections in Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Under the 2001 Bonn Agreement, Afghanistan was scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in 2004 in order to replace the transitional government led by Hamid Karzai.
Presidential elections were held in 2004, but parliamentary elections were not held until mid-September 2005.
Afghanistan has a multi-party system in development, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elections_in_Afghanistan   (138 words)

  
 Afghanistan Elections 2004: Women's Participation:
Afghanistan has an estimated 10.5 million citizens over 18, who should be eligible to vote in the 2004 elections, although the criteria for eligibility have not yet been formally established.
As this will be Afghanistan’s first election, extensive voter education will be required to inform the population about the importance of elections and the procedures for participating.
The June 2004 elections will be a watershed in the creation of democracy in Afghanistan, marking the first time ever that Afghans select their head of state through competitive elections.
usawc.state.gov /news/24278.htm   (776 words)

  
 Elections in Afghanistan
Despite rampant violence prior to the election and threats of violence during—and despite a history of war and destruction—the Afghan people were hopeful that the elections would improve their lives.
Shahir, the head of the Kilid media group, describes the importance of the elections to him: “I see a chance even if I know that most of the game is fake and most people are unaware of their rights.
Afghanistan’s legal economy is more or less controlled by the central government now that Ismael Khan is no longer governor of Herat.
zmagsite.zmag.org /Nov2004/ingalls1104.html   (1393 words)

  
 Afghan election delay is new blow for Bush campaign | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The elections in Afghanistan seem certain to be delayed for a second time, dealing a damaging blow to President George Bush's own election campaign.
It is now impossible for the election to be held legally in September, the date for which both the interim government of President Hamid Karzai and the United Nations were aiming, itself a delay from the intended June polling day.
Mr Bush is anxious that Afghanistan should go to the polls before his own date with the electorate in November so that, with the condition in Iraq deteriorating, he can point to at least one foreign democratisation process.
www.guardian.co.uk /afghanistan/story/0,1284,1237030,00.html   (688 words)

  
 Press Releases: Afghanistan, Finland supports arrangements for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan
Finland has earlier supported election processes in Afghanistan in 2003 by granting one million euros for compiling statistics on households and one million euros for voter registration, and in 2004 by granting one million euros for holding presidential elections.
Efforts during the second stage of the election process concentrate on support for preparations and arrangements leading to elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or the parliamentary house of representatives, to be held on 18 September 2005.
The total budget for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections is estimated at USD 148.6 million, a third of which is as yet not covered by payment pledges.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/VBOL-6DBDJT?OpenDocument   (356 words)

  
 AlterNet: Landmark Elections in Afghanistan
Afghanistan held its landmark legislative elections this Sunday.
Afghanistan's leaders, elected and otherwise, must put the cause of their nation before their factional, ethnic and venal interests.
Afghanistan's school system was rated the worst in the world last year by the U.N. Development Program.
www.alternet.org /story/25696   (1219 words)

  
 Assisting Afghanistan After the Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Afghanistan's September 18 parliamentary elections were an important milestone for building stability and democracy in a country that is critical to the war against al-Qaeda and Islamic radicalism.
The surviving leaders of the ousted Taliban regime opposed the elections and killed six of the almost 6,000 candidates running for seats in the lower house of parliament and 34 provincial councils.
To stabilize Afghanistan and preclude a return to power by the Taliban and its terrorist allies, the U.S.-led coalition must help the nascent Afghan government to provide its long-suffering people with greater security, economic development, and enforcement of the rule of law.
www.heritage.org /Research/MiddleEast/Iraq/em985.cfm   (1053 words)

  
 Human Rights Watch - Afghan Election Blog, September 2005
On September 18, 2005, Afghanistan held elections to choose a national assembly and local councils for the country’s 34 provinces.
The September 18 elections are the second time since 2001 Afghans have been able to go to the polls to select leaders.
Afghanistan on the Eve of Parliamentary and Provincial Elections
www.hrw.org /campaigns/afghanistan   (367 words)

  
 Wolesi Jirga&Provincial Council Elections 2005 Afghanistan
The elections were the first parliamentary elections in Afghanistan in decades and importantly, they mark the end of the transitional period and the birth of a fully self-governed country.
While elections alone do not guarantee democracy, the electoral processes over the last two years do build a strong foundation for the future of a democratic country.
Post-conflict elections are difficult in both political and operational terms, but there can be little doubt that this years elections were challenging even by post-conflict standards.
www.jemb.org   (320 words)

  
 Afghanistan — Elections Latest
On 9 October Afghanistan goes to the polls for the first time in its history.
This obviously has an impact on the vital work that we are doing in Afghanistan.
There is no doubt that local workers will also want to continue building shelters and wells in our absence, but they cannot do so for very long without the support we provide.
www.ockenden.org.uk /index.asp?id=1042   (316 words)

  
 Elections in Afghanistan This Weekend -- Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)
Saba is a member of the foreign affairs committee of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
She said today: "Many people are hopeful about the elections but also are deeply worried about the impact of warlords in this election.
Nadery is a spokesperson with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and a founding member of the Afghan Civil Society Forum.
www.accuracy.org /newsrelease.php?articleId=1133   (457 words)

  
 CNN.com - Afghans vote in landmark poll - Sep 18, 2005
Sunday's landmark election for representatives to the national parliament and local legislators in 34 provinces came after weeks of violence by militants trying to derail the vote.
Violence was a continuing threat, but the U.N.-Afghan election commission said voting had been relatively peaceful, and the government said the poll was a victory over the insurgents.
About 12.5 million Afghans were registered to vote in the elections for a lower house of parliament and provincial councils, the first legislative poll since 1969.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/17/afghan.elections/index.html   (946 words)

  
 AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS: AN 'HISTORIC' EVENT
The holding of parliamentary elections in Afghanistan is not the beginning of the new era, rather it is a return towards the old days of civil war.
The fact that the elections were hardly disrupted might be seen as a sign that the new forces won the upper hand.
Some say having a peaceful, honest, and fair general election in Afghanistan is just a dream, since the social, economic, political, and security situation is not conducive for it.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2005/09/wwwh90521.htm   (4591 words)

  
 Afghan Parliamentary Elections - Council on Foreign Relations
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, is deploying dozens of its staff around the country to monitor the elections.
The minimum voting age in Afghanistan is eighteen, and experts say they expect a strong turnout from young people, whose main priorities are establishing security and expanding opportunities for education.
For the elections, ISAF troops will provide security in the capitol, Kabul, and the northern and western parts of Afghanistan, which are under the NATO security umbrella.
www.cfr.org /publication/8867/afghan_parliamentary_elections.html   (1300 words)

  
 Political Affairs Magazine - AFGHANISTAN: Election results finalised
Meanwhile, the newly elected provincial councils met on Saturday across Afghanistan to elect representatives to the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament.
Afghanistan’s new parliament is expected to convene in the third week of December, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman, Karim Rahimi, told reporters last week.
Afghanistan’s last parliamentary elections were held in 1969, before a coup in 1973 and the 1979-89 occupation by the Soviet Union.
www.politicalaffairs.net /article/view/2211/1/131   (484 words)

  
 Elections in Afghanistan
They have much to be proud of in bringing their country to this point, just three years after the end of a quarter century of war and repression.
In these elections, millions of Afghans voted to select their next president through secret ballot across their country, and in Iran and Pakistan.
This election is the latest milestone on the Afghan people's road to democratic government and vibrant civil society.
www.state.gov /r/pa/prs/ps/2004/36982.htm   (337 words)

  
 Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections delayed -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Rice said in her opening statements that the elections will be held later in the year, apparently not aware that the date wasn’t yet made official.
He said that he was informed of the postponement by the chairman of Afghanistan's election commission.
Upon her arrival in Afghanistan, a bomb went off in the city of Kandahar, some 450 kilometres south of the capital, Kabul, killing five people and wounding 32 others.
www.aljazeera.com /me.asp?service_ID=7509   (785 words)

  
 Wolesi Jirga&Provincial Council Elections 2005 Afghanistan
Those consultations resulted in the “Agreement on Provisional Arrangement in Afghanistan, Pending the Reestablishment of Permanent Government of Afghanistan” (the “Bonn Agreement”), which was unanimously agreed upon and signed on the 5th December 2001.
In order to enhance the effectiveness of the activities of UNAMA and the IAEC, and to strengthen the mechanism for overseeing the conduct of the voters registration for the 2004 general elections, the President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan also issued Decree n.
The JEMB was established as a Legal/Administrative body tasked with the issuance and publication of regulations, procedures, instructions, notifications, and guidelines for the registration process.
www.jemb.org /eng/jembbg.html   (375 words)

  
 EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Afghanistan's Elections Must be Postponed - Leading Expert
Citing a lack of security and international funding, a leading expert on Afghanistan is urging a postponement of elections in the country now scheduled for June.
Rashid, speaking February 20 at the Open Society Institute, characterized Afghanistan as "a land-locked country surrounded by enemies." The bulk of the population has yet to experience the benefits of the US-backed stabilization effort that followed the ouster of the Taliban regime in late 2001, he added.
He added that it would be unwise to decouple the presidential and parliamentary elections, an option apparently favored by some in the Bush administration.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/recaps/articles/eav022404.shtml   (1108 words)

  
 UNDP Afghanistan - EC Contributes Further $10.6 Million to Elections in Afghanistan
The European Commission has signed a new agreement with UNDP for "Further Support to Elections in Afghanistan", to contribute an additional Euro 9 million (US $ 10.6m approximately), helping to finance substantially the funding gap of the National Assembly and Provincial Councils Elections project.
This latest agreement is signed on behalf of the transitional phase extension of the elections process and is designed to support the Independent Electoral Commission until the beginning of the next Afghan financial year on 21 March 2006, when the costs of the IEC will begin to be covered by the National Budget.
This generous contribution comes at a critical time for the project and the Independent Electoral Commission, as the bridging of the shortfall for the 2005 elections is required to ensure a smooth transition for the IEC in the assumption of its constitutionally-mandated activities.
www.undp.org.af /media_room/archives/press_rel/2006/2006_01_31_EC_cont_elections.htm   (241 words)

  
 Successful Elections in Afghanistan
I congratulate the people of Afghanistan on their determination to hold successful elections for the National Assembly Lower House and Provincial Councils.
The elections on 18 September 2005 were the first free legislative elections to be held in Afghanistan after a quarter of a century of armed conflict.
I am encouraged that the elections were not disrupted by those who seek to frustrate the transition of Afghanistan to a viable democratic state.
www.foreignminister.gov.au /releases/2005/fa117_05.html   (299 words)

  
 Foreign Policy In Focus | Afghanistan’s Parliamentary Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Even though many Afghans hope that the elections will empower them to end their troubles, the fear is that the elections will probably be as undemocratic in practice as every other U.S.-inflicted Afghan institution.
U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad (now ambassador to Iraq) endorsed Karzai’s decision, commenting in March that the “decision to give a role to … regional strongmen is a wise policy.” In addition, Karzai’s government has promised former Taliban fighters immunity from prosecution for war crimes.
The elections have the potential to be the most democratic events in Afghanistan since the budding of women’s, student, and leftist organizations in the 1960s and 1970s.
www.fpif.org /fpiftxt/647   (1648 words)

  
 'Just World News' by Helena Cobban: Elections: Germany, Afghanistan
The international media are perpetually confused about the nature of violence in Afghanistan, laying pretty much all of it at the feet of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or Gulbuddin Hekmatyr.
Political parties in Afghanistan are extremely recent and not well organized.
I commented here after the presidential election saying that they presidential election was just a dress rehearsal for this one.
justworldnews.org /archives/001453.html   (1100 words)

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