Kabul Afghanistan, 20 May 2014 - Based on results from 20561 polling stations in all provinces of Afghanistan; and following audits of results from 1024, recounts of results from 1583 polling stations, and disqualification of 588 polling stations based on IEC specified criteria the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has determined the preliminary results of the 2014 Provincial Council Elections. These are detailed at: http://results.iec.org.af
On 5 April 2014, a total of 2,591 candidates – 296 (12%) of whom are women – vied for a total of 458 seats in 34 Provincial Councils, nation-wide, the total of (361) male and (97) female candidates has identified as winners based on this preliminary result.
In accord with the Afghan Electoral Law (Article 30), there are between 9 – 33 seats in each province, depending on its population size. Of these seats, 20% are reserved for female candidates.
Preliminary election results are neither final, nor certified. According to the Afghan Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) is the responsible authority for adjudication of electoral challenges and complaints (Article 26). Therefore, its decisions could potentially alter final election results.
Provided that the IEC receives IECC decisions on all electoral challenges, according to the electoral calendar; the IEC will certify and announce final Provincial Council Election results on 7 June 2014.
For more information, contact the IEC External Relations Department.