Visualizing the 2010 Afghan Elections

We are happy to announce that Interactive Things is currently working together with Democracy International on their Election Observation Mission to Afghanistan 2010. Getting insights is key to this project, therefore we strive to contribute clear, readable and understandable visualizations.

Democracy International works on democracy and governance programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development partners. The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has invited DI to observe the upcoming elections that took place on the 18th of September 2010 and elected the new members of the Wolesi Jirga. The purpose of this ongoing mission is to evaluate the degree to which the conduct of the election and the broader political and legal contexts conform to accepted international norms of election administration, human rights, and democratic representation. The credibility of these upcoming Wolesi Jirga elections is vital to the consolidation of democracy in Afghanistan and a critical component to the Afghan people’s ongoing struggle for peace.

We support the observers in this mission by visualizing the gathered data to make the information more accessible and understandable. While we are responsible for most of the static and interactive visualizations, the folks from Data Market provide additional charts and animations. Our work supports the observation material published on As the visualizations are used in different articles we have created a shortcut URL ( where you can find all of the visualization work compiled.

Polling Center Comparison

Once our work is completed we will share our insights and learnings from this exciting collaboration with a more detailed analysis of the working process in a time-critical assignment.

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