The Recommendations

Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group convened a session on May 13th to finalize its recommendations on Regulation on Voter Registration.
At the beginning of the session, the Regulation on Voter Registration was reviewed article by article and the recommendations were modified as follows:
1-In the center of provinces women need to have their pictures taken for voting cards, however, in districts and villages, IEC staff in voter registration centers must encourage the participants in having their pictures taken. In latter case, taking picture is not a requirement but highly encouraged.
2- Mobile teams must be deployed in provinces as well as in districts and villages to further facilitate public accessibility to voter registration centers1.
3-Women should be given the privilege to register without having valid documents; however, IEC staff in voter registration centers must identify the identity and physical appearance of the voters to make sure they meet the voting requirements.

Further Discussion on the Recommendations

Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group convened a session on April, 29, 2013 to discuss the regulations of IEC on voter registration and to briefly go over the recommendations drafted by FEFA and WPRAG on strengthening MoWA’s electoral policy.
Based on the meeting FEFA had with MoWA earlier in the week, most of the recommendations are accepted by MoWA and the draft is sent to technical department for legal revision. At the next joint meeting (MoWA, FEFA and WPRAG), draft of the policy will be shared and as soon as the policy is approved, the three parties will start formulating an action plan for the implementation of the policy.
After having the regulations on voter registration of IEC reviewed, the group suggested the following recommendations:
The IEC shall deploy door-to-door campaigners to encourage people in villages and boroughs to participate at the voter registration process.

WPRAG developing a work plan

Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group convened a successful meeting on April 14, 2013, to discuss their 3 months work plan drafted by FEFA and insert appropriate changes where needed. The group also briefly reviewed the recommendations on the draft electoral law and expressed their thoughts on the advocacy methods for the recommendations inside and outside the Parliament.

One of the group members suggested comparing the recommendations with the articles of the draft electoral law, identifying the most controversial ones and seeking out the best proper advocacy methods for each.

The group decided to dedicate its next two sessions to discussing advocacy techniques for the recommendations as well as advocating for securing at least one seat for women as the IEC commissioner. WPRAG also agreed on setting meetings with the appointing committee’s members in order to inform them of the group’s activities and achievements while emphasizing to avoid the politicization of the group by certain political groups/individuals.
At the end of the session, the group decided to call upon political parties and civil society organizations to attend the plenary session of Wolesi Jirga where electoral law draft will be taken under debate. Their presence in the hall might create a sense of accountability among the MPs who are about to ratify the electoral law.

Date: April/14/2013


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