Youth are the largest and perhaps the most critical demographic in Afghanistan today. Sixty percent of Afghans are under 35 years old and 25 percent of all Afghans are between the ages of 18 and 35. Not only do these youth represent a quarter of Afghanistan’s population, but, according to DI’s 2015 Civic Education and Lessons Learned Survey, Afghan youth made up more than half of voters in the 2014 elections.
This statement provides the preliminary findings of the election observation mission of Democracy International to the 2015 House of Representatives elections in Egypt, which were held from October to December 2015. Egypt has not had an elected House of Representatives—previously called the People’s Assembly—since June 2012, when the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved the legislative body on grounds that it had not been elected constitutionally.
يستند هذا التقرير إلى المعلومات التي تم جمعها من خالل الجهود المستمرة لبعثة منظمة "الديمقراطية الدولية "لمراقبة واستكماالا للعمل الذي بدأ في ديسمبر 5702 وال يزال مستمرا في كل الدور ات االنتخابية المتتابعة، عقد االنتخابات في مصر. الفريق األساسي للمنظمة من المصريين و المختصين الدوليين المتفانين الكثير من االجتماعات مع األطراف المعنية ما بين فبراير- مايو 5702. وعلى الرغم أننا نؤمن بأن هذا التقرير يعكس النتائج الجماعية للمتابعين من الفريق األساسي، تتحمل منظمة "الديمقراطية الدولية" المسؤولية الكاملة عن المحتوى الوارد به
Afghanistan’s 2014 election process proved once again that major challenges remain in the country’s pursuit of democracy and political stability. The narrative of the 2014 Afghan elections spanned more than 260 days and has been well chronicled by domestic and international observers and other key stakeholders. The problems and failures of the 2014 election process were similar to those encountered in each of the Afghan elections conducted since 2004.
This report presents Democracy International’s observation and analysis of Egypt’s House of Representatives electoral process. DI observers were present in Egypt from February-May 2015 when DI suspended its in-country observation activities. The report covers the period from candidate registration until after the announcement of the delay in the electoral process, including part of the important recent legislative amendment process.
This paper discusses important considerations for
conducting an audit and provides some recent comparative examples from past
elections that help illuminate these key considerations. Rules and regulations
for polling, counting, and reviewing ballots should be sufficiently robust to
avoid needing an intensive audit. However, in developing and post-conflict
democracies in particular, it is important at the outset of an electoral
process for an EMB to conduct comprehensive scenario mapping and planning to
In 2014, Afghanistan held presidential and provincial council elections, which resulted in the National Unity Government (NUG) with Dr. Ashraf Ghani as President and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as the country’s Chief Executive Officer. The six-month election process was punctuated by serious allegations of electoral fraud and political stalemate, causing uncertainty in the country about the future of its government.
A new Democracy International report details findings from its international election observation mission to the 2014 Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections. Given the prospect of a democratic and peaceful transfer of power, Afghans and the international community alike looked upon these elections as a critical opportunity to consolidate the gains made toward democratization and as an important milestone in Afghanistan’s political history.
In the wake of allegations of widespread fraud substantively similar to those unaddressed after the 2009 and 2010 elections, serious electoral reform remains essential for democracy to succeed in Afghanistan. Despite this, the 2014 elections will result in an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power from one president to another with the inauguration of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday, September 29, 2014.