The client brief was to ensure that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghan had the capacity to carry out the presidential elections of 2014 as securely as possible.
The planning started in 2012 with Pendry Risk Managements senior consultant being contracted by the United Nations to act as the security lead to the Afghan, IEC. The 18 months assignment involved a security budget in access of $100m, staff members running into several hundred and a presence that was needed in all 34 provinces of the country.
The main threat was from the Taliban who’s aim it was to undermine the elections through violence and intimidation at every opportunity. What followed was top-down,
bottom-up holistic security strategy that enabled the IEC to understand the operational context and mitigate the identified risks.
The presidential election went ahead in April 2014 and although there were some minor incidents, the overall objectives of electing a new president was achieved.