The Asian Network for Free Elections has released its report of the observation of the audit of all ballots from the 2014 Afghan Presidential Election Runoff. Below, ANFREL’s report details our quantified findings from observing the audit in the Independent Elections Commission’s hangars from July to September.
The 2014 Audit Observation Mission is ANFREL’s third engagement in Afghanistan in 2014, having worked on both the first and runoff rounds of the Presidential Election. During this and in all other missions, ANFREL abides by the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Codes of conduct for observers that was signed by prominent international observers groups in 2005 (ANFREL is also a signatory to this declaration). The Observation Team endeavored to remain impartial and objective and to refrain from interfering in the electoral process at all times. The team was comprised of observers from numerous religions, ethnicities and nationalities reflecting the diverse nature of Asia’s cultures, ethnicities and religious backgrounds.
The following report details the findings of approximately one month of observation of the physical audit of ballots in hangars at the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, where the Asian Network for Free Elections had a team of 13 observers that observed a total of 731 ballot boxes. The mission was implemented, and much gratitude is owed to, the coordination of TAF Afghanistan and the generous support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). ANFREL is, as always, delighted to be able to play whatever part it can to strengthen Afghanistan’s emerging democracy.