Politics

New election commissions and the fate of the future elections

  As result of consistent demands of political parties, elections supervisors and international community for amendment of electoral law and reformation in election commissions, the final draft of new electoral law was submitted to the cabinet by joint committee of political parties, representatives of candidates and election supervisors around a month ago and approved by […]

Amendment of the electoral law; a step towards transparency in elections

  The government, after a number of consultative meetings with some candidates, representatives of candidates, political parties and civil societies, appointed technical committee to reform the electoral law improve the electoral commissions. The committee which included representatives of political parties, representatives of candidates and other related organs, agreed on and organized the final draft of […]

Candidates and the fate of Afghan presidential elections

  Based on a recent announcement of Independent election commission, the next presidential elections will hold on 20th of July, 2019. The candidate nomination process was scheduled to start on 22nd December, 2018 and end on 20th January 2019. Although around 70 people received the information packages from the election commission during the nomination period, […]

 Elections Postponement; Technical Problems or Necessity of Peace Process

  On December 30, 2018, Afghanistan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced that the 2019 Presidential Elections that were planned to be held on April 20, 2019, will be held on July 20, 2019. The Provincial Council, District Council and Parliamentary Elections of Ghazni province will be held simultaneously to the Presidential Elections, according to the […]

Announcing Presidential Elections Timeline and its Uncertain Fate 

  Afghan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced the schedule for upcoming Presidential Elections on November 28, 2018. The registration of presidential candidates will be commenced from December 22, 2018 up to 12 days, based on the schedule. The primary list of candidates will be announced on January 8, 2019 and the final list will be […]

A Glance at Internal Disputes during Ghani’s Presidential Term

  Ashraf Ghani took the office after the most controversial Presidential Elections in the Afghan history. In the 2014 Presidential Elections, the disputes were as deep as they brought the US Secretary of State to Afghanistan to mediate between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani’s electoral teams which, then, resulted in establishment of the National Unity […]

Concerns over Transparency in Parliamentary Elections Results

  Parliamentary Elections for the 17th legislative term had been held in the entire countries except for Kandahar and Ghazni on October 20-21, 2018. Although, the elections became held in Kandahar after a week from that date; however, they the elections will be held in Ghazni simultaneous to the Presidential Elections there.   Afghan Independent Elections […]

Deficiencies and Challenges of Parliamentary Elections

  The Afghan Parliamentary Elections was held on 20th and 21st of October where despite countless security challenges, hundreds of thousands of Afghans attending the polling stations in order to cast votes for their favorite candidates in the entire country, except for two provinces. After the voting process, President Ashraf Ghani praised the process through […]

8-year Progress of Wolesi Jirga’s 16th Legislative Term

  The 16th legislative term of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Afghan Parliament), despite its legal 5 years, was active for another privileged 3 years. The Parliamentary Elections should have been held three years ago; however, they were suspended till late 20 October, 2018. Eight million Afghans have been registered for the Parliamentary […]

Barriers Facing the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

  The upcoming Parliamentary Elections that were supposed to be held almost three years ago  are planned to be held next week on 20 October. Although, a few days remain to the upcoming Parliamentary Elections, the overall atmoshphere in Afghanistan is one of concern and skepticism, putting a shadow on the process of upcoming Parliamentary […]

73rd UNGA and Afghanistan

  Last week, the 73rd meeting of United Nations Generally Assembly was hosted in New York, where Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, heading a senior delegation along with other leaders participated in it.   The UN member countries’ leaders and their representatives held meetings with each other and discussed global issues. On the second […]

Zalmay Khalilzad and his expected new mission in Afghanistan 

  Since the last forty years, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a prominent figure in the Afghan-U.S. ties. Last week, Reuters sourcing two U.S. officials, reported that it was likely the U.S. government would place Zalmay Khalilzad as its special envoy to Afghanistan.    The rumors on Zalmay Khalilzad’s appointment as the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan […]

2019 Presidential Elections and Challenges Ahead

  The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the date set for the upcoming presidential elections which they decided would be held on 20 April 2019. Dr. Abdul Badi Sayyad, head of IEC told a press conference that the given date for the presidential elections was chosen based on the country’s constitution and the law […]

Political Coalitions and their Organizational Foundations in Afghanistan 

  In recent years, the Afghan political arena has been witness to confrontations and conflicts between the government, and a number of political parties and politicians in the country. Last week (26 July, 2018), a number of political parties and movements, came together in a ceremony in Kabul, and announced the formation of the “Great […]