Diane in Afghanistan

This is a historic time for the people of Afghanistan. I am reminded of the timeless truths that have guided our nation through the past two centuries, and how those same profound words now hold such hope and promise for the new democractic nation of Afghanistan. "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights... of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

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Monday, September 19, 2005

...So Far, So Good For Afghan Vote

It's been a very long day, and despite scattered violence, the initial reports are positive regarding the integrity of the Afghan elections, and the participation of the country's people.

IRI monitored more than 1,200 polling locations in 16 provinces and has issued the following preliminary findings:

1. Yesterday's elections were well organized with Afghan election workers well trained and professional.

2. The number of domestic monitors and candidate agents and their contribution to the transparency of the elections are a positive sign for Afghanistan's election process.

3. IRI observed reported higher turnout in regions of the country other than Kabul.

4. Voters, who clearly understood their important role in democracy, appeared well informed as to the voting process.

5. Given the understandable decision to not count the ballots at the polling stations, it is extremely important that the security of the ballots be guaranteed and that the vote count be open and transparent.

IRI began working in Afghanistan in 2002. In October 2004, IRI was the only US organization that observed the presidential election. In advance of the September 18 elections. More than 15,000 men and women have been trained by IRI representatives as potential or actual candidates for public office.


Blogger Paul Hirsch said...

Sounds good so far. Actually, it sounds great! I hope ballot security during transport and tabulation is sufficient. I look forward to your report on these issues.

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