Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) released its final election observation report in a press conference. The 300 pages election observation report includes the observation findings of FEFA from all stages of 2014 elections.
At the beginning of the conference the executive director of FEFA presented information on FEFA’s findings from the 2014 elections and talked on importance of electoral reform process
. He urged the National Unity Government to start the electoral reform process as soon as possible. The executive director of FEFA said, “Now that the cabinet is formed there is no excuse for postponing the electoral reform process.” He also said that from beginning we were emphasizing that the members of Electoral Reform Commission must be qualified and impartial people who believe on election and democracy. He added that Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Telecommunication in coordination with other related institutions must start distribution of electronically Identification Cards as soon as possible to assure transparency of future elections. The executive director of FEFA said, “The 2014 elections had a lot of lessons to be learned and considering these lessons and the observation findings of 2014 elections FEFA made specific, clear and efficient recommendations to the related institutions to prevent the repetition 2014 election’ shortcomings in future elections.” He said, “We hope the electoral reform commission and in general the government of Afghanistan consider our recommendations in electoral reform process.”
Subsequently, the programs manager of FEFA, Mr. Asghari presented further information on contents of the report. He said, “This report includes the observation findings of FEFA from all stages of 2014 presidential and provincial council elections.” Mr. Asghari added that this report includes the observation findings of FEFA from the voter registration process, candidates’ registration process, campaign periods, voting day, handling to the electoral complaints process, voting counting process of presidential and provincial council elections and audit of all votes casted in run-off.” Mr. Asghari also said that during the 2014 elections the constitution and electoral laws have been violated several times by the electoral commissions. FEFA has observed 36 cases of violation of laws (2 cases of violation of the constitution, 24 cases of violation of the electoral law and 10 cases violation of the Law on Electoral Commission's Duties, Authorities and Composition).
Subsequently, Mr. Azad and Mr. Sapi, the technical members of FEFA, pointed the main findings of report and made specific recommendations to improve the electoral system. Differentiate among presidential and provincial council’s votes, electoral fraud and violations, problems in votes counting and tallying, shortcomings in handling the electoral complaints, and improper implementation of run-off audit process were the main issues mentioned by the technical team of FEFA. [For further details of findings please refer to report]