Elections in Afghanistan: April 5 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections

March 28, 2014 - IFES

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Afghans head to the polls on April 5 to cast their ballots for the country's next President and members of the country's 34 provincial councils. These elections represent three key firsts for the nation.  

The presidential election is expected to mark the country's first democratic transition of power. The elections will be conducted, for the first time, under a legal framework established by the legislative process, rather than presidential decree.

And, this will be the first election in which the Independent Election Commission and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission are both permanent, standing electoral management bodies – giving particular importance to precedents established in this electoral cycle.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides you with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Afghanistan: April 5 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the election management body? What are its powers?
  • What is the gender balance within the candidate list?
  • Who will observe during Election Day?
  • How will election disputes be adjudicated?
  • Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Afghanistan: April 5 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections. Also available in Dari.

    Learn more about IFES' program in Afghanistan.