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Youth and Elections, Afghanistan

The 2014 presidential election was of critical importance for Afghanistan. President Hamed Karzai stepped down after more than a decade in office, and his successor Mohammad Ashraf Ghani took charge at a time when the NATO-led military contingent was withdrawing from the country.

The last presidential election, held in 2009, was marred by security problems, low turnout, and allegations of manipulation and fraud. Most of these issues recurred during the 2014 ballot, too. Many Afghans, young people in particular, believe the political process is controlled by powerful interests that rule out the possibility of a real expression of popular will. If democracy is to work, new voters need to be sufficiently enthused to take part. They should be in a position to weigh up the choices they are offered and to distinguish fact from propaganda.

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To address these issues, IWPR launched the Open Minds: Speaking Up, Reaching Out initiative, designed to encourage Afghans of university age to take part in the presidential vote and the accompanying provincial elections. We are now in the second phase, designed to promote participation of young people – better and less well educated alike – from across Afghanistan in the 2015 parliamentary election.

The key objectives of our work in the second phase are:

  • To help young Afghans from across the country, whatever their educational level, to understand the electoral process as a critical element of a functioning democracy, and to encourage them to take an active part in their country’s political future.
  • To encourage young people to take part in all elements of the electoral process – as voters, as supporters of candidates, and as watchdogs.
  • To counter extremist propaganda designed to alienate or marginalise those who support greater diversity, democracy and tolerance.
  • To increase public satisfaction with and confidence in government by improving the level of public transparency and accountability at national and local levels.
IWPR Afghanistan
12 Jan 16
مراکز صحی تمایل به تمرکز در مناطق شهری دارند و این گرایش باعث دسترسی اندک روستا نشینان به خدمات صحی شده است.
IWPR Afghanistan
15 Dec 15
بیکاری و نگرانی های امنیتی ده ها هزار جوان را وادار به ترک کشور کرده است.
IWPR debate in Ghor province, November 2015. (Photo: IWPR)
IWPR Afghanistan
28 Nov 15
خبرنگاران شکایت کردند که مسؤلین به گونۀ مداوم مانع کار آنها می شوند.
IWPR debate in Kandahar, November 9, 2015. (Photo: IWPR)
IWPR Afghanistan
23 Nov 15
مالیه دهندگان می گویند اگر به آنها اطمینان داده شود که پول های شان به یغما نمی رود از دادن مالیه سر بازنخواهند زد .
IWPR Afghanistan
13 Nov 15
رانندگان می گویند که افسران در عوض اینکه امنیت سرک ها را تأمین کنند، آنها را مورد آزار و اذیت قرار می دهند و به زور از آنها پول می ستانند.
IWPR Afghanistan
3 Nov 15
رهبری در کابل به منظور عملی نکردن وعده های که در انتخابات داده بودند مورد انتقاد قرار گرفتند.
IWPR Afghanistan
3 Nov 15
نگرانی های وجود دارد که منابع ارزشمند مالیاتی به آسانی دزدی و دستبرد خواهد شد.
IWPR Afghanistan
28 Oct 15
حمایت عمومی مردم به خاطر تغییرات به منظور ایجاد نظام بیشتر دیموکراتیک صورت می گیرد.
IWPR Afghanistan
12 Oct 15
رسیدن به توافق از طریق مناظره بخشی از فرهنگ دیرینۀ کشور ما است.
IWPR Afghanistan
12 Oct 15
حکومت متهم به ناکامی در ایجاد زمینۀ کافی کاریابی برای جوانان شده است که بتواند جوانان را در کشور نگهدارد.

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