Original source: Newsweek/Reuters KABUL (Reuters) – A frontrunner to succeed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan’s president voiced the possibility of teaming up with a rival on Wednesday but ruled out forming a coalition government in order to avoid a second-round runoff. Afghanistan voted in a landmark presidential election last weekend which, if successful, will usher in the first democratic handover of power in the country’s history as Karzai prepares to step […]
Original source: The Atlantic In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday’s Afghan presidential election are startling. Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans turned out to vote—roughly 58 percent, or 7 million out of 12 million eligible voters—as did Americans in the 2012 U.S. presidential race. Instead of collapsing, Afghan security forces effectively secured the vote. And […]
Millions of Afghans witnessed a colorful display of democracy in action Saturday as voters flocked to the polls to vote in historic presidential elections. Twitter and Facebook are brimming with images of Afghan women emerging from polling centers cloaked in blue burqas, some wearing headscarves, others carrying toddlers – but all holding up fingers stained with purple election ink, a gesture of defiance against Taliban intimidation and a return to […]
Politically, Afghanistan seems on track for a reasonably successful election in April. There is a vibrant campaign in progress: Many views and ethnicities are on offer among the candidates, security planning is moving apace, and Karzai seems content to hand power peacefully to an elected successor. While there will be both security and corruption challenges to overcome, at this stage most observers feel that Afghanistan will have the first handover between elected leaders in its history this spring.
Original source: Foreign Policy’s The South Asia Channel Afghans turned out in strong numbers for the presidential and provincial council elections on April 5, with an estimated seven million people casting their votes for the candidates of their choice. The presidential election is Afghanistan’s first ever democratic transition of power, with current President Hamid Karzai, the dominant political figure of the past 12 years, unable to run again. However, much […]
Women make up close to half of the Afghan population, and despite issues in past elections, many of them seem determined to leave their mark on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections.
Nothing is more important for Afghanistan than building on the liberalizing achievements of the past decade and preventing a slide back toward repression. One of the major aims of this effort needs to be retaining and expanding the hard-won rights of Afghan women. Read more
Anita Haidary is an Afghan women's rights activist and co-founder of Young Women for Change (YWC), a non-governmental organization aiming to empower and improve the lives of women in Afghanistan. She is now studying Film Studies at an American college, while continuing to advocate for Afghan women's rights. Read more
Presidential contenders went to a women's advocacy conference where they stressed an expanded role in public life, improvement in women's rights law. Read more
Women make up close to half of the Afghan population, and despite issues in past elections, many of them seem determined to leave their mark on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections. Read more
In Afghanistan, young rappers gathered in Kabul earlier this month to compete to create a rap anthem for April's presidential elections. Ramika, a 19 year old female rapper from Kabul, was among the competitors, with a rap about the importance of participating in the elections. Read more
Today, Sarabi is one of three female vice-presidential candidates in the April 5 poll and the only one on a front-runner's ticket. The 57-year-old pharmacist and former governor is supporting Zalmay Rassoul, a former foreign minister endorsed by the president's brothers. Read more
"There is finally the sense here, after years of international aid and effort geared toward improving Afghan’s women’s lives, that women have become a significant part of Afghan political life, if not a powerful one." Read more
Women’s rights have come a long way in the last 12 years in Afghanistan yet the struggle for emancipation is still in its infancy. And with the historic presidential elections looming ever closer, the pressure is on to ensure that the gains made for women in Afghanistan are not lost and that they can participate freely and fairly in the country’s new democracy. Read more
Policymakers, the media and international human rights organizations will be watching closely to see if Afghanistan is ready to stand on its own with a smooth democratic transition of power as the result of free, fair and transparent elections on April 5th.
Our goal is to educate the American people and raise awareness about the importance of ensuring the Afghan people are able to go to the polls safely and exercise their democratic rights.
The Coalition’s views about the upcoming presidential election, the role the US should play, and the importance of the Afghan-US relationship were featured in The Hill’s DEFCON HILL blog.
Review our collection of carefully compiled Afghan election resources that will be your guide to understanding the issues, challenges, and individuals related to the 2014 Afghan Elections as well as the Coalition for Afghan Democracy.