Observation Report on the Candidates Registration Process of 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections (September 16, 2013 until October 6, 2013
Observation findings of FEFA show that though the process was implemented in center of provinces and registration centers were located in more secure regions (inside the IEC offices), the insecurity had its impacts on the process.
The most affecting incident that took place during the candidates’ registration process was the death of Eng. Amanullah, regional head of IEC in Konduz province. On September 18, 2013 an unknown gunman shot Eng. Amanullah dead. After the release of this tragic news, many people left the registration centers and the impact of this incident was seen several days in the sites after its occurrence.
Similarly in Nimroz province Taliban warned people on their cooperation with IEC and their nomination in provincial council election. Three people who had received electoral information packages did not nominate themselves. Likewise, heads of the male and female resigned from their posts. This issue had its impacts on the level of participation in the province. In a number of provinces insecurity had negative impacts on the registration process and other electoral programs as in Nooristan and Zabul provinces. Until two weeks after the beginning of process no women candidates were seen on the list for the provincial council election. IEC had to establish separate centers in the province to solve the problems.