Presidential Elections

Second Round of Presidential Elections in Afghanistan

Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced that the second round of Presidential elections will be held on 7 November 2009.
The first round of the second Presidential election in Afghanistan was held on 20 August 2009, has faced with claims of widespread fraud.
Part of the votes has been announced cancel by Election Complaints Commission after two months of review and, therefore, President Hamid Karzai’s vote based on primary results of the elections was 55%, reached to less than fifty percent.

By Bashir Ahmad Shukran
Updated: (10.29.2009)

Second Round of Presidential Elections in Afghanistan


Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced that the second round of Presidential elections will be held on 7 November 2009.
The first round of the second Presidential election in Afghanistan was held on 20 August 2009, has faced with claims of widespread fraud.
Part of the votes has been announced cancel by Election Complaints Commission after two months of review and, therefore, President Hamid Karzai’s vote based on primary results of the elections was 55%, reached to less than fifty percent.
According to Afghan law, whenever any of the presidential candidates can not obtain more than fifty percent of the total votes, the election will be drawn to the second round between two leading candidates.
Kai Eide United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan has expressed assurance to hold the second round of presidential elections next two weeks.
About the rumors of coalition between Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, to avoid the election to go for second round, Kai Eide said that although conditions for Afghans to vote will be very difficult, but appropriate measures for holding elections will be carried out.
Although the primary results of the election indicated Mr. Karzai’s victory in this election, but Mr. Karzai respected international community urged by agreeing to take part in presidential elections runoff, “holding the second round of elections will help in strengthening democracy in Afghanistan” emphasized Mr. Karzai. 
Afghan president Hamid Karzai and his election rival Abdullah Abdullah have rejected creating any kind of coalition ahead of the second round of the elections.
There were rumors that United States of America wants to create a coalition government between the two rivals, to avoid elections runoff, which faces numerous challenges.
But both candidates have said that they are committed to holding the second round of elections.
Proponents of coalition argue that holding the second round election with current climate and security challenges in Afghanistan, will be problematic.
Cold and snowy winter will make it difficult to reach out to some remote districts, along with security threats, are the main obstacles for the second round of elections.

However, the Afghan election commission says that the election material supplies, so far have been transferred through the air to the provinces.

It is considered that the transmission of election material to the districts will be done via ground transportation and animals.

 

http://www.iec.org.af/assets/pdf/pressrelease/pressr_announcement_beginning_end_of_second_round20091022.pdf

http://www.iec.org.af/assets/pdf/pressrelease/pressr_runoff_ballotpaper20091024.pdf



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