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Kabul, 7 August 2014 – As per today, the European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) accredited 100 newly arrived additional EU long term observers to assess the ongoing audit of the Afghan Presidential run-off vote. That makes the total of 351 observers within the EU EAT.

These 100 additional EU observers, coming from 20 EU Member States and Norway, arrived in Kabul in order to reinforce the capacity of the EU EAT to observe the complete audit of the second round of the Presidential election. In addition, the EU EAT has been training in auditing techniques a total of 330 EU and other international observers.

“The EU EAT asks for all candidates to fully respect their engagements on the audit” says Thijs Berman, Chief Observer of the EU EAT, “Candidates should solve in a constructive spirit any dispute on the application of audit criteria in order to complete the process in a timely manner that respects the will of the Afghan voters”.

Since the start of the audit on 17 July, the EU Election Assessment Team has been constantly increasing its number of observers to be able to follow the auditing process at the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Berman : “This audit is vital to the respect of the Afghan voters and the democratic future of this country”.

The EU EAT is the main international observer mission participating to the present audit, liaising with all Afghan and international observer bodies present and with the electoral authorities in charge.

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Kabul, 19 July 2014 - The European Union Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) is in the coming weeks, with up to 242 observers actively involved in the assessment of the Afghan Presidential run-off vote, liaising with all Afghan and international observer bodies present. The EU EAT is the main international observer organization participating to the present audit. Possible irregularities will be registered and brought to the attention of the authorities in charge.

Thijs Berman, Chief Observer of the EU Election Assessment Team, states: “The European support for this audit in Afghanistan is unprecedented in the history of EU election observation missions around the world. This audit is a necessary step. We have repeatedly called for it, because only with full transparency and an in-depth audit on possible fraud will the Afghan people be able to feel confident about the outcome of these elections. The European Union is committed to a democratic future of Afghanistan and therefore increases its efforts to assess this audit”.

 

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Kabul, 3 July 2014 – The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has detected enough suspicious data in the results of the second round of the Presidential election to conduct a new country-wide audit of 1,930 polling stations. Based on these official IEC figures, EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) Chief Observer Thijs Berman assesses that “an additional in-depth audit of the votes is necessary, given these highly worrying indications of potentially wide-spread fraud."

In the midst of the current electoral deadlock following the second round of the Presidential election, Thijs Berman and his team have met with all major Afghan and international electoral stakeholders, among them the IEC, both candidates and President Karzai. The EU EAT welcomes the decision by the IEC to postpone the announcement of the preliminary results and to conduct an audit on polling stations with exceptionally high turnouts. However, the choice of the IEC to audit only polling stations with 599 votes and over significantly limits the possible detection of fraud.

According to EU EAT Chief Observer Berman, "the audit could reasonably be extended to all polling stations with 595 votes and above, a criterion which could detect possible fraud on a wider scale." The EU EAT estimates that other aspects of the results should be examined, such as highly improbable votes for one single candidate in polling stations, or unlikely discrepancies between female and male votes. Adding all these aspects together and according to IEC figures, the number of problematic polling stations could well exceed 6,000 out of a total of 22,828. Therefore, the EU EAT considers that additional fraud detection measures will be necessary to detect and eliminate potentially fraudulent votes in order to respect the democratic choice of Afghan voters.

“In the interest of Afghan voters, and of the future stability of the country, a credible outcome is essential. I hope that the IEC will be able, in agreement with both candidates, to perform a more in-depth audit. This is technically possible without much delay", Thijs Berman underlines.

Moreover, the EU EAT expects that the online publication of detailed preliminary results per polling station, to which the IEC has publicly committed itself, will contribute to the transparency, credibility and acceptance of the outcome of this Presidential election.

The EU EAT will remain in Afghanistan until the end of the electoral process and will issue its Final report shortly after.

 

Read full press release :    EU EAT Afghanistan press-release 03 07 2014