Elections in Afghanistan: 2019 Presidential Election

An Independent Election Commission worker shows a ballot to a candidate’s observers and another tallies votes during the first round of Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election. © Mohammad Ali Sheida
Publication Date: 
23 Sep 2019

Afghan voters are scheduled to vote in a presidential election on September 28. The president of Afghanistan is elected by an absolute majority vote. If no candidate receives an absolute majority during the September 28 election, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held, as was done for the 2014 presidential election. Eighteen candidates will be on the ballot, including current President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Afghanistan: 2019 Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:

  • What are the election management bodies? What are their powers?
  • What technology will be used on Election Day?
  • When will official results be announced?