Upon invitation by the Independent Election Commission and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, an EU Election Assessment Team was deployed in the country from 15 March to 16 December 2014 to evaluate the two rounds of the 2014 presidential election.
The team was led by chief observer Thijs Berman, member of the European Parliament. It took all main aspects of the electoral process into consideration and evaluated their compliance with Afghan law and with regional and international obligations for democratic elections.
The team liaised with all key Afghan stakeholders as well as with a number of international actors. It sought to offer an impartial, balanced and informed analysis of the elections as a contribution to the democratic process in Afghanistan.