Tuesday, 04 October 2011
Message from the Chairman
Last year’s election was Afghanistan’s most difficult yet. Campaign season saw violence, coercion and fraud on an unprecedented scale. Candidates and campaign staff were abducted, beaten and murdered.
Voters and election workers were systematically terrorized by insurgent groups and powerful warlords. Yet, those groups and individuals who sought to shut down the elections in most
Cases failed and despite all this, Afghans once more demonstrated willingness and desire to pursue a democratic path.
Young candidates reached out to voters through mobile technology, grassroots campaigns and public debates. Hundreds of women candidates braved an onslaught of harassment. Thousands of election workers awoke to find threatening letters posted at night by insurgents and continued working anyway. Week after week, non-governmental observers, including those from FEFA’s network, reported abuses of power and crimes against civilians, continuing their important task despite escalating violence.