Client: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Joint Electoral Management Body Secretariat (JEMBS), UNDP, UNOPS 

 

Project: Afghanistan Presidential,

Provincial and National Elections (Wolesi Jirga)  

2004-2005 Ballots and Candidate symbols

Languages: Dari and Pashto

 

In the Provincial and Wolesi Jirga elections (lower house of the National Assembly) each candidate was allotted a symbol through a lottery process. These symbols were designed to help voters – many whom are illiterate – to identify their candidates quickly and unmistakably. There were 5,800 candidates including 582 women. With a one-week deadline working around the clock our team researched, designed and illustrated over 800 symbols. 

 

Sixty-nine ballots with 5,800 candidates were required for Election Day. In order to accommodate the lengthy list of candidates the ballot layout was produced tabloid size in a newspaper format. The timelines for production were extremely tight with strict quality control and secrecy. We oversaw the printing of 40 million ballots.

 

Mock ballots were produced for training sessions, educating Afghans on how to correctly mark their ballots. In addition, one million newspaper inserts were produced with black and white sample ballots. 

 

The Presidential Election held in October 2004 was the first democratic election in Afghanistan. One of our many tasks was to design a secure ballot that was comprehensible to a literate and illiterate population. The 18 candidates on the ballot were represented by a photo and chosen symbol. The ballot design included several security features.

 

Published in: The New International IDEA Handbook 2005 (Afghanistan Presidential Ballot) 

 

Provincial and Wolesi Jirga Election team:
Karen Kelleher Carneiro, Sandi Causevic, Míša Alexander

Presidential Election team: Karen Kelleher Carneiro, Brad Becker

Photographs: Marie Frechon

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga ballots (Lower house of the National Assembly)

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Provincial Council ballots

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Candidate symbol sheets.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Candidate symbol selection.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Proofing and printing process.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. How to mark your ballot training.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. How to mark your ballot training.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Newspaper inserts of sample ballots.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Newspaper inserts of sample ballots.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Election day at the polling sites. President Karsai votes.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Wolesi Jirga and Provincial Council Elections. The counting process.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Proofing the Presidential Election ballot

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Presidential Election. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Presidential Election. Election day at the polling sites.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Presidential Election. The counting process.

Afghanistan Elections

Afghanistan Elections

Presidential Election. The counting process.

Client: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Secretariado Técnico da Administração Eleitoral (STAE)

 

Project: Timor-Leste 2007 Presidential, Presidential run-off and Parliamentary Elections Ballots

Languages: Tetum and Portuguese

 

In coordination with the STAE I designed and produced ballots for the 2007 Presidential, run-off and Parliamentary Elections. Candidate symbols and photographs were incorporated into the designs security features and watermarks were used to prevent fraud. 

 

I supervised the printing, finishing, packing and delivery from Surabaya Indonesia to East Timor of 650,000 ballots. Coordinating with the Indonesian Ambassador and local police to ensure secure print sites and police escorted deliveries. This took place within a tight 10-day schedule, running 24-hour shifts. Overcoming many obstacles, the ballots were delivered on time for distribution prior to elections.

 

Mock ballots were created for voter education training sessions. Ensuring voters understood how to mark their ballot properly and reducing the number of invalid votes.

 

Photographs: Karen Kelleher Carneiro

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Ballots for Presidential, Presidential run-off and Parliament elections.

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Ballot printing for the Parliament Election.

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Presidential Election ballots.

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Presidential Election. Election day at the polling sites.

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Parliament Election. The counting process.

Timor-Leste Elections

Timor-Leste Elections

Presidential Election. The counting process.

“The Ballots were very professionally designed.  During the printing of the Parliamentary ballots Karen was a member of the delegation sent to oversee the operation… she stepped forward and took the lead to assure that it would be successful.”

 

– William Clive, Electoral Chief Technical Advisor, Consultant

   United Nations Development Programme

“As a member of the Public Outreach Department, I found Karen to be a conscientious, creative and talented person whose performance is of a very high standard. Her program was thoroughly prepared and professional executed.”

 

- Samantha Aucock, Head of the Public Outreach Department

  UNOPS, JEMB, Kabul, Afghanistan

© 2018 KelleherDesign

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