Civic and Political Leaders Call on Afghan Government
To Commit to Specific Improvements before Next Polls
KABUL, Afghanistan –More than 60political and civil society representatives are calling on the Afghanistan government to carry out critical reforms to improve the electoral process before the country’s next round of voting in 2013.
Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential and provincial council elections and 2010 parliamentary polls were marred by widespread fraud, doubts about the independence of election authorities, a defective voter registration process and barriers to women’s participation.
Domestic and international observers have said these problems must be addressed to build greater confidence in the integrity of Afghan elections. The representatives – from Afghan civil society groups, election management bodies, parliament, provincial councils, political parties, academia and the media – participated in a conference here Sept. 19 and 20 that focused on lessons learned from the countries past elections. At this convening event, organized by the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the participants developed a concrete plan to advance key reforms. These included: Download PDF
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