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OSCE presents report on Tajik presidential election (09.04.2014)

The Organization … says Tajik authorities have not taken the organization's recommendations to provide proper conditions for holding a presidential election in the country.

After ’09 fraud, Afghanistan reports a cleaner election (08.04.2014)

The Afghan presidential election on Saturday appeared to be substantially cleaner than the widely discredited 2009 election, according to complaint figures released Tuesday by the authorities here.

IECC receives 3,000 poll-related complaints; begins adjudication (08.04.2014)

(T)he spokesperson for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), Nadir Mohsini, said that a total of 1,573 complaints were registered in its offices across the country, and the remaining 1,530 complaints were received through telephone calls.

Presidential poll ballots counted (06.04.2014)

Vote counting is well under way in Afghanistan after Saturday's landmark poll to elect a new president. More than seven million Afghans turned out to vote, defying Taliban militant threats to the poll. The election marks the country's first democratic transfer of power.

In bullet-ridden Afghan districts, free vote seems an empty promise (02.04.2014)

Security is the cornerstone of the Afghan government’s promise to deliver a free and fair election, and this time around the entire operation rests on the country’s security forces. They are facing a Taliban campaign of violent disruption that has repeatedly struck at Western and government targets.

Afghan elections 'critical for political stability' (02.04.2014)

As Afghanistan prepares for elections, there are fears a spike in violence might derail the electoral process. But UNAMA chief Jan Kubis tells DW the success of the vote is crucial for the country's political transition.

Some crossings reopen on Kyrgyz-Tajik border (31.03.2014)

After a diplomatic dispute over border violence, some checkpoints along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border have opened for the first time since mid-January.

Gunmen attack Afghan election office in Kabul (25.03.2014)

The Taliban have launched a gun and bomb attack on an office of the Afghan election commission in Kabul, less than two weeks before presidential polls.

Election observers pull foreign staff out of Afghanistan after hotel attack (23.03.2014)

Two major foreign election observer and support missions have pulled staff out of Afghanistan after a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel, observers said on Sunday, in a move which could undermine confidence in the outcome of the crucial vote.

EU launches Election Assessment Team in Afghanistan (20.03.2014)

The EU EAT is led by Chief Observer Thijs BERMAN, Dutch member of the European Parliament, and consists of 16 international experts from 13 European countries deployed in Afghanistan since March 15.