September 20th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Watchdog group: Many Afghans denied right to vote

Many Afghans were denied the right to vote in parliamentary elections because the country is too dangerous and because of logistical failures, an independent election watchdog said Monday.

But the relatively high level of voter participation and security arrangements for voting on Saturday were positive signs, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan said. FULL POST

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September 18th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Under a cloud of violence and fraud, Afghans vote

Afghans voted in the fourth post-Taliban-era national election Saturday, though it was not without the violence promised by militants or myriad procedural challenges. With the polls officially closed, the vote count will begin Sunday, though it is not expected to be completed until the end of October. FULL POST

September 17th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

18 election workers kidnapped ahead of vote

The Taliban kidnapped 18 people working on Saturday's parliamentary election in northwestern Afghanistan, a local government spokesman said Friday. FULL POST

September 17th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Signs of optimism?

With parliamentary elections ahead on Saturday, many in Afghanistan are living in fear of Taliban threats. But there are some parts of the country where people — particularly young people — are showing signs of optimism.

September 16th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

More deaths highlight threat of violence-marred election

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters killed two workers from Afghanistan's main election body in another attack that highlighted the threat of a violence-marred parliamentary election Saturday. FULL POST

What you need to know about the Afghan elections
September 16th, 2010
07:24 AM ET

What you need to know about the Afghan elections

Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections Saturday for only the second time since the Taliban were ousted from power. At stake are all 249 seats in the Wolesi Jirga. Who's running for office, how does the process work and what does it mean for the U.S. and other coalition forces there? Here's what you need to know: FULL POST

September 2nd, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Official: Campaign workers killed in NATO airstrike

Ten parliamentary campaign workers were killed in a NATO airstrike in northeastern Afghanistan on Thursday, a provincial official said.

The incident - which took place ahead of the September 18 parliamentary election - occurred in the Rostaq district of Takhar province, where NATO says it was targeting a militant. FULL POST

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Threats increase against candidates
September 1st, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Threats increase against candidates

Afghanistan's election commission says violence against candidates and their supporters for September's parliamentary polls is increasing.

Three candidates and 13 candidate supporters have been killed and 15 people from various candidate campaign teams have been injured. FULL POST

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August 12th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

U.N. envoy: Security is big challenge ahead of vote

Security will be a key challenge to Afghanistan's parliamentary
elections next month, warns the top United Nations envoy in the country.

"We all know that security challenges will be a significant obstacle and we must ensure that poor security in parts of the country is not used to manipulate the votes of the people," said a statement from Staffan de Mistura, the secretary general's special representative for Afghanistan.

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July 19th, 2010
08:13 AM ET

Election campaigning in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Abbas Daiyar began his blog, Kabul Perspective, last year to look at issues in Kabul and around the world. He has worked with newspapers in Pakistan and reported for news agencies in the past and is now a member of the editorial board of the independent Daily Outlook Afghanistan newspaper in Kabul. The opinions expressed in this guest blog are solely those of Abbas Daiyar.

More than 2,500 candidates are running for the 249 seats of Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, Wolesi Jirga, elections on September 18. About 400 women, mostly from Kabul and provincial capitals, are also in the race. The campaign is in full bloom in the capital Kabul. The streets are filled with signboards and posters of independent and party-nominated candidates. These posters mostly include slogans about change, poverty, security, development, illiteracy and promotion of justice. The posters and big boards look like resumes of the candidates, listing all their past experience and political background. The lists of their slogans are like whole manifestos. FULL POST

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