ELECT II Third Quarter Progress Report 2014
In the third quarter of 2014, the UNDP project ‘Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow, phase II’ (ELECT II) was strongly involved in the ballot audit process of the 14 June presidential run-off elections. At the request of both presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, as well as the Afghan authorities, ELECT II was tasked with providing robust supervision of the entire audit process. The comprehensive and unprecedented audit exercise of all ballots cast for the presidential run-off elections was originally not scheduled in the electoral planning, as it originated from the 12 July agreement between both presidential candidates to break the political stalemate after the elections. For the audit supervision, ELECT II took up a role more prominent beyond its traditional scope of advisory support. The audit process of the election results was not only a technical matter but also an attempt to provide reassurances and credibility of the results to be acceptable to all stakeholders.