Preliminary Results Announced by the Independent Election Commission

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2009

As the counting of votes and announcement of preliminary results from Afghanistan’s 2009 Presidential Election proceeds, FEFA calls on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to emphasize that the announced results are preliminary and subject to the adjudication process.

There have been many reported incidents of violations (irregularities, fraud) on August 20th . The Foundation has shared information with the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) about over 350 incidents worth investigating. In accordance to Article 49 of the Electoral Law, final results can be announced only after the ECC addresses the complaints it has received. To avoid any public confusion, it is imperative that the IEC, through media engagements and other modems of public outreach continues to highlight that the announced results are preliminary and remain subject to the adjudication process run by the ECC. To assist the adjudication process, it is important that the IEC clarify some of the inexistent details about the August 20th Election Day.

UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT OF REMARKS DELIVERED BY NADER NADERY, FEFA CHAIRPERSON

AUGUST 22, 2009 PRESS CONFERENCE
9:10 AM, LOBBY ROOM OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, KABUL
Nader Nadery: In the name of God. Good morning. We are starting late as some of your colleagues {media} informed us that they are on their way here. Just to clarify, the next press conference (EUOEM) is at 10:00 am. Today is the first day of Ramadan, and it can be assumed that they will not start before we finish. We are not going to have an English briefing, but can answer questions in English if there are any.

Today is the first day of Ramadan and we want to catch you in the morning when there is ample reserve of energy. For the friends who need translators, I would request those who are translating right now to sit in the middle areas and help out those who will need translations.

You have already received FEFA’s preliminary statement on the Election Day. That statement reflected FEFA’s immediate observations and preliminary findings on the environment during the Election Day.

UNEDITED TRANSCRIPT OF REMARKS DELIVERED BY NADER NADERY, FEFA CHAIRPERSON

AUGUST 22, 2009 PRESS CONFERENCE
9:10 AM, LOBBY ROOM OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, KABUL
Nader Nadery: In the name of God. Good morning. We are starting late as some of your colleagues {media} informed us that they are on their way here. Just to clarify, the next press conference (EUOEM) is at 10:00 am. Today is the first day of Ramadan, and it can be assumed that they will not start before we finish. We are not going to have an English briefing, but can answer questions in English if there are any.

Today is the first day of Ramadan and we want to catch you in the morning when there is ample reserve of energy. For the friends who need translators, I would request those who are translating right now to sit in the middle areas and help out those who will need translations.

You have already received FEFA’s preliminary statement on the Election Day. That statement reflected FEFA’s immediate observations and preliminary findings on the environment during the Election Day.

Election Day Press Statement 20 August 2009

The following statement is based on two rounds of scheduled reporting by FEFA’s observers. It is also informed by multiple special incident and general outlook telephone briefs during voting hours.
This statement is based on eyewitness reports by FEFA observers between 7:00 am and 6:00 deployed in all 34 provinces.
In any aspiring democracy, holding the second ever election presents a major challenge.
By holding today’s elections, Afghans have proved their commitment to developing a lasting democratic system. Amidst many challenges, this phase of the electoral process was an important step in Afghanistan’s progress towards building a civil and democratic government. The candidates and campaigns, the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), state security institutions, media, and many civil societies Organizations played key roles in shaping the environment in which many people could exercise their
political rights.

Intermediate Statement of Findings on the Election Campaign

Campaigns for Afghanistan’s Presidential and Provincial Council elections are entering a critical period. The remaining twelve days of the campaign process promises to be tense and full of activities. It is a summit in Afghanistan’s recent history that contestants for public office are seeking peoples’ consent. The cautious enthusiasm exhibited by Afghan people in the campaign process signifies a deep desire for democratic governance as well regard for the free and fairness of the electoral process.

FEFA welcomes the announced assurances of Independent Election Commission officials concerning mechanisms in place to guard against electoral fraud. FEFA looks forward to the proper implementation of these mechanisms and of the lessons learned from the voter registration process.
As polls near, gaining and maintaining public confidence in the electoral process as well as ensuring the necessary legitimacy for any future government demands proper follow up of reported irregularities during the campaigns and the electoral process in general.

FEFA

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