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1 Afghanistan’s TV Election The Candidate

2 The Candidate On the Air
The Candidate films an episode with the final contestants, Ajuba Dadqiq, 19, left and Muneer Farahmand, 20. The reality-TV show follows six young Afghans as they compete to develop the policies, campaign and support necessary to win a mock presidential election. Viewers cast their votes via text message.

3 The Candidate Three, Two, One…
The show airs on the privately owned Tolo TV networks, which has a sucessful model for its idea of teledemocracy: its wildly popular show Afghan Star, which mimicks American Idol by allowing millions of viewers to vote via text message for their favorite singer.

4 The Candidate At the Table
Contestant Dadqiq meets with her cabinet before going off to campaign for the day. Each week, the show’s contestants debate a policy topic such as security, education, health care or the economy.

5 The Candidate Born to run
Dadqiq’s cabinet members pass out flyers at Kabul University. The show’s contestants are given $1,300 a month to spend on real-world campaigning, including posters, rallies and travel to other provinces.

6 The Candidate Home Turf
Dadqiq makes a campaign stop at Cesai Academy, where she works as a teacher, educating an average of 400 students a day.

7 The Candidate Focused Although a rotating panel of judges rate the candidates weekly, viewers get the final say, voting one candidate off the show each episode.

8 The Candidate Not Quite Ready
Dadqiq is ineligible to run for the real presidency. Afghan law requires that candidates must be minimum of 40 years old. “By the time I reach the legal age to be President, I hope the people of Afghanistan are ready to accept a female President,” she says. “If they are not, I will work hard to make the people ready.”

9 The Candidate Home Stretch
Dadqiq and her family poses in their house on the outskirts of Kabul. She says she has always wanted to be President.

10 The Candidate Going Green
Contestant Muneer Farahmand campaigns near the Kabul River. His presidential platform includes promises to clean up both the river and Kabul.

11 The Candidate On the Stump
Farahmand campaigns at a school for the gifted in Kabul. The Candidate’s debates have become part of the country’s everyday political discussions, blurring the line between reality TV and politics. One of the show’s presenters says some of the real candidates are copying the platforms of their youthful television and counterparts.

12 The Candidate Stop, Look, Listen
On a mission to win their votes, Farahmand talks to residents.

13 The Candidate Still on the Phone
Farahmand poses with his family in their Kabul home.

14 The Candidate All Politics Is Local
At Kabul River, Frahmand speaks to a potential voter. “One of the key success of Afghan Star was that it demonstrated the concept of voting. So we started to think, How do we do the same thing in terms of elections?” says Tolo chief Jahid Mohseni. “One of the critical problems we have in Afghanistan is that we have a personality appraoch to politics – it’s all about who the person is, his family or his ethnicity. It’s never about policy, and it is never about the outcome you want. So we thought a program based on a competition about policies could change that.

15 The Platform Campaign: Toll-free Freeway
Grounds: Taxes are paid to infrastructure Evidence: The revenue of toll is contributed to “personnel expenses” not directly to “road maintenance” Beneficial: Vehicle users Definition: Freeway (高速公路) Highway (公路)

16 The Platform Worksheet
Campaign Grounds Evidence Beneficial

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