Newspackage: "EU support to elections in Afghanistan"
End production: 24/07/2009
The European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the Presidential and Provincial Council Elections in Afghanistan, scheduled to take place on 20 August 2009. Philippe Morillon heads the mission.
The mission's mandate is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process and to observe the extent to which the election complies with international standards for elections, as well as domestic law. The EU EOM is independent from the European Commission Delegation to Afghanistan and EU Member States. The mission is neutral and independent in its findings.
The upcoming elections are an important milestone for the very young democratic structures in Afghanistan, since they will be led by the Afghan themselves for the first time, said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. She added that, at the same time, they are a great challenge due to the current political and security situation in the country. This EOM will operate in one of the most difficult electoral, security and logistical contexts ever.
67 analysts and observers are assessing all aspects of the environment in which the election is conducted. These areas include the legal framework for elections, the political context, the election administration, registration of voters and candidates, the human rights situation, the role of civil society and the media, as well as the election campaign itself, voting, counting, results and the post-election environment. 50 short term observers will observe procedures in polling centres on election day itself, across most of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. The mission will also assess the complaints and appeals process.
The Chief Observer will present a statement of preliminary findings shortly after the close of the polls and a final report will be issued approximately two months later. This report will provide a detailed analysis of the electoral process and will include recommendations for future electoral processes.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of Kabul, with helicopter flying over the city (3 shots)
||Election billboards in the streets of Kabul (11 shots)
||Exterior view of Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, home of the EU Election Observation Mission
||Philippe Morillon, Head of the EU Election Observation Mission to Afghanistan, in his office with staff (4 shots)
||Soundbite by Philippe Morillon (in FRENCH): the aspiration of a very large part of the Afghan population is to take control of their own destiny; that is why at the European Parliament, for five years I've always talked about ' Afghanization '; and ' Afghanization ' is only going to happen through reconciliation.
||EU headlines in Afghanistan Times (2 shots)
||List of all presidential candidates on wall at EU EOM offices, including of Hamid Karzai (President of Aghanistan), a woman candidate, and Abdullah Abdullah (former Afghan Minister for Foreign Affairs) (5 shots)
||Philippe Morillon meeting with Afghan presidential candidates (5 shots)
||EU Monitors leaving Kabul to take up positions near Kandahar (3 shots)
||General views of the press conference by Afghanistan's Independent Election Committee (4 shots)
||Soundbite by Daoud Ali Najafi, Chief Electoral Officer of Afghanistan, (in ENGLISH): the observation of the election really supports the transparency of the election; we appreciate the fact of EU observation; we invited the EU a long time ago and we are very happy that the EU accepted; now their team is there and I hope that they will play a very important role, especially in the transparency of the elections in the country.
||EUPOL HQ, with staff and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Kai Vittrup, Head of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan, (in ENGLISH) on international anti-corruption efforts: the EU, EUPOL is in charge; we are training people; we are bringing people into procurement, into logistics, in the Ministry of Interior, and later on out in the field, to make sure that corruption can be minimized as much as possible; I'm not sure of we can delete it totally but there is a true will among both the government of Afghanistan and us to support it.
||EUPOL training Afghan officers (3 shots)
||Javier Solana meeting various candidates, including Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan (11 shots)
||Kabul street view, with woman in burka and American military vehicles