Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan

How and Where to Vote?

Who can vote? All registered Afghans (who is at least 18 years of age, has Afghan citizenship, has not been deprived from his/her civil or political rights by a court of competent jurisdiction) with valid voter ID card will have the right to vote in elections.

Identification. Individuals with voter registration cards issued in 2003, 04, 05, 08 and 2010 are allowed to vote. Polling station staff checks for ink (to ensure individuals have not already voted), for eligibility, and for identity.

Where to vote. Registered voters can vote in the province where they are resident. However if a voter is Kuchi, he/she is allowed to vote only in Parliamentary and Presidential list around all the provinces, as all the country is a pooling center for Kochis.

When to vote. Polling centers are opening for one day based on each Election timeline, after that specific period, no additional voters are permitted to join the queue.

At the polling center. Within a polling centre, there are male and female polling stations. In some centers there are also stations for Kuchis. In some provinces, the IEC establishes specific polling centers for Kuchis.

Not more than 600 voters are allowed to vote in any given polling station.

Polling Staff. Polling staff, under the supervision of the District Field Coordinators, are the officials responsible for running centers/stations and processing voters.

Polling Station Staff. Each polling station consists of the following staff members:

  1. Polling Station Chairperson (PSC);
  2. Identification/Inking Officer;
  3. Ballot Paper Issuer; and,
  4. Ballot Box Controller.

Polling Centre Staff. Consists of:

  1. Polling Centre Manager;
  2. Assistant Polling Centre Manager (for centres with 12 or more polling stations); and,
  3. Queue Controllers (1-4).

Observers, media, candidate/party agents who are accredited by the IEC may also be present in the polling center.

While voting. Each voter must vote in person. Voting on behalf of another person is not permitted. Each voter must mark his/her ballots in secret behind the voting screen provided for this purpose. Family or group voting, where more than one person is behind the voting screen at a time, is not permitted. The elderly, people with disabilities, nursing and pregnant women are given preference in the polling center. Finally, once a voter has cast a ballot he or she must leave the polling station.</p