FEFA shared its Report on First Phase of the Voter Registration Process

FEFA Shared its observation findings on the first phase of the voter registration process of 2014 presidential and provincial council elections with the Independent Election Commission, media and civil society through a press conference. First phase of the voter registration process started on May 26, 2013 and continued for two month. According to the data released by the Independent Election Commission 287538 people received voting cards in first phase of the voter registration process.

Jandad Spinghar, Executive director of FEFA pointed the shortages and violations seen in the first phase of the process and said, “according to the observation reports first phase of the process was implemented successfully. But FEFA’s Observation show that violations, security challenges, irregularities, violating the electoral Law and voter registration procedure has taken place in some voter registration centers.
The executive director of FEFA said, the level of violations and irregularities was not so high to challenge the process, and added we seriously express our concerns on continuation of violations and shortages in the second phase of the process.
Security challenges, delay in opening of the voter registration centers, technical problems with equipment, inaccuracy in keeping sensitive material in safe places, inaccuracy in checking valid document of voting cards applicants, inappropriate locations of women voter registration centers, lack of female police in women registration centers, distributing more than one card to one person, distributing card for absent people, partiality of IEC staff were the issues that FEFA mentioned them as violations and electoral irregularities.

Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group Press Release on the Enhancement of Women’s Role in Elections

We, as members of the Afghan national assembly, civil society organizations, independent elections commission, Ministry of Women Affairs and representatives of media express our concerns regarding the reduction of 5% from the 25% quota for women in provincial councils’ elections, women’s negligible participation in the voter registration process and the lack of a specific policy on the security of women in elections by the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
It is evident that the newfangled democracy in Afghanistan is facing many challenges, especially in providing ample opportunities to enhance and develop women’s rights. Women’s lack of accessibility to their political rights has caused them not to take part in decision making processes especially in elections. Therefore, Women’s Political Rights Advocacy Group, by proposing dynamic recommendations helps widen women’s effective access to their political rights and enhance women’s role in electoral processes. Recently the group developed a set of recommendations on the voter registration process and the policy on the duties of police in elections, which are briefly described below:

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Civil Society Organizations Elected their Representative for the Appointing Committee

Kabul, 22 July 2013- Based on the provision 8 of the Law on Structure, Composition and Mandate of IEC and ECC, the appointing committee is comprised of six members including the head of the Senate (Mishrano Jirga), head of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), head of the Supreme Court, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, head of the Committee on Monitoring the Implementation of the Constitution and the representative of civil society. The appointing committee shall provide the President with a list of qualified candidates among which the President shall elect the members of the IEC and ECC. Civil society organizations and activists appreciate having a membership in the aforementioned committee and believe that the participation of civil society organizations adds to the credibility, transparency and efficiency of democratic processes. Civil society organizations also acknowledge the appointing committee’s decision for giving CSO’s the competency to elect their own representative.
Yesterday at the meeting, in the presence of almost 50 organizations, the decision to elect Mr. Nader Nadery, chairperson at Free & Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) to represent CSOs in the appointing committee sought the consent of all the participants. Based on the remarkable achievements of FEFA in electoral affairs and Mr. Nadery’s extensive experience in the observation of elections, the participants’ decision represented a consensus of opinion.
Civil society organizations also decided that Mr. Nadery in close cooperation with civil society shall reflect the CSOs’ viewpoints in all decisions made by the committee in the appointment of the IEC and ECC commissioners.

FEFA’s Acknowledgment of the President’s Endorsement of Law on Structure, Duties and Competencies of IEC

Press Release
July, 17, 2013

After extensive and prolonged discussions on the Law on Structure, Duties and Competencies of IEC at the National Assembly, the Law was approved and endorsed by the President. Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) appreciates the endorsement of this law and considers it as a step forward toward legitimization of the electoral bodies and a positive approach to transparency of the electoral process.
FEFA acknowledges the efforts made by the members of parliament, civil society organizations, political parties and media in introducing appropriate recommendations for the improvement and better amendment of the law.
FEFA also expresses gratitude to the President for endorsing the Law and cordially solicit the government to take appropriate measures and formulate a monitoring mechanism for better implementation of this valuable law.
FEFA believes the approval and endorsement of this law besides other factors shall play a significant and efficient role in holding transparent and fair elections.

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