Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan

Transparency and Accountability

The IEC was established in 2005 and remains a young institution. After the 2008 voter registration exercise and 2009 elections, the IEC put into place measures to increase its transparency and accountability to the Afghan people.

Examples of the measures put in place in 2010 include:

  • Increasing the capacity of the IEC secretariat to record and report on its activities, through the appointment of dedicated staff.
  • A number of anti-fraud measures were devised to improve the credibility of the electoral process.
  • The IEC is pursing regular meetings with donors and stakeholders such as observers, in order to better understand and meet their needs.
  • The IEC External Relations Department regularly oversees media events where domestic and international media are able to question the IEC’s policies and operations.
  • The IEC has announced its intention to allow stakeholders the opportunity to observe meetings of the IEC Board of Commissioners.

Increasing transparency and accountability to voters, candidates, agents, observers, funders, and other stakeholders is an ongoing process which the IEC will continue to improve.