At the request of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, 50 NDI observers are in Kabul to monitor the audit of ballots from the contested June 14 presidential runoff election. NDI’s mission involves 25 international and 25 Afghan observers.
In remarks in Kabul on July 12, Jan Kubis, head of the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, appealed to international observer organizations, including NDI, to send observers to augment the teams conducting the audit. “The support of the international community is needed to provide credibility to this process,” he said.
The audit is a full review of the eight million ballots from the June 14 runoff. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission is conducting the audit with guidance from the UN. It began on July 17 and will run to mid-August. The process is to be conducted in the presence of international and domestic monitors, candidate agents and the media.
NDI has been conducting an international mission to Afghanistan for the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections. This effort aims to provide an impartial assessment of the country’s electoral process and demonstrate the international community’s continued support for the democratic process in Afghanistan. NDI fielded observer delegations for both the April 5 first round presidential and provincial council elections and the runoff in June.
The mission was made possible through a grant funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Published July 24, 2014