January 26, 2014- Findings of the political rights verification team of FEFA show that security challenges and intimidation, discrimination against women and partiality of some security forces and Independent Election Commission’s staff were serious challenges before female candidates during the candidates’ registration process for Election 2014. At the same time most of the provincial council candidates were indulged with the mechanisms and procedures set out by the Independent Election Commission for the candidates’ nomination process.
Nader Nadery, FEFA chairman referred to an increase in the number of female candidates in compare with previous elections and acknowledged the efforts made by the Independent Election Commission and other relevant institutions to provide the necessary facilities for female candidates. Mr. Nadery added, “The biggest challenge hampering women participation in election is lack of security and therefore we urge security institutions to maintain security especially for female candidates in upcoming electoral stages.”
The political rights verification was carried out throughout the country where FEFA focused on prerequisite rights and principles set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
To increase the level of women participation in election and avoid the repetition of incidents identified in the verification report, FEFA urges the Independent Election Commission, security institutions and other relevant entities to take deliberate measures based on the findings of this report and experiences of election observer institutions.
Candidates’ registration process for the 2014 presidential and provincial council election began on September 16, 2013 and ended on October 6, 2013. According to the data released by the Independent Election Commission, 2713 candidates have registered for provincial councils 308 of which are female.
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