On April 5, Afghans will take to the polls to usher in the first democratic transfer of power since Hamid Karzai was appointed, and then elected president. With the drawdown of U.S. troops this year, these elections represent a key milestone on the path to a more democratic, and hopefully more peaceful, Afghanistan.
Media’s vital role in the democratic process is magnified during elections. Information and discussion on the process, the candidates, the issues and other relevant news is crucial to enabling voters to engage meaningfully in democracy by making informed decisions to vote for candidates that represent their views and values. Ensuring the credibility, inclusivity, and transparency of Afghanistan’s presidential elections is critical to the perceived legitimacy of the outcome.
Internews and its partners are working throughout the media sector to help journalists and civil society prepare for, monitor, and report on the election.
See a slideshow of the elections journalism training.
Mapping Election Coverage
Internews and its long-standing partner Nai: Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan are taking a new, visual and interactive approach to elections monitoring and coverage. With the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a mapping project will aggregate election information on a Ushahidi map platform open to the public. Read more>>
Youth Engage with Elections through Mock Debates
Mock presidential debates have helped young people in Afghanistan increase their understanding of the electoral process and advocate their own positions on important issues. Read more>>
Website Increases Access to Election News and Information
Afghan Media Work to Spread Accurate Elections Coverage
In advance of national elections, Afghans across the country are turning to the media to determine which candidates best articulate their priorities. In a country with an estimated 70% illiteracy rate and minimal Internet access, radio and television are the primary vehicles for information. Read more>>