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Press release: A six-article declaration addressed to the Independent Election Commission IEC

The political parties & coalitions held a gathering on February 25, 2018 and released a six-article declaration addressed to the Independent Election Commission IEC, the Afghan Government and the international community stating their demands and expectations with regard to the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Subsequently, the IEC released a press release on February 26, 2018 in response to the declarations. The Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) as the leading observer group that monitors the developments concerning the forthcoming election hereby expresses its stance regarding the declarations/press release of both sides. 1- FEFA believes postponement of elections from the date already announced can’t be justified. Holding of the forthcoming parliamentary elections must take place within the solar year 1397. Taking into account the limitations posed by the year end cold and inhospitable weather and the vast extent of preparations required for the presidential election. We firmly believe the IEC must comply with the timeline already announced and hold the elections on that date or by the end of summer 1397. 2- The Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) system is an old and unresponsive system which negatively impacts on democracy and results in waste of a substantial percentage of votes. The systems which can rectify this shortcoming and help in meaningful representation of the people is better but changing of electoral system must not be an excuse for postponement of forthcoming parliamentary elections. Changing electoral system is a substantive need but requires thorough and accurate scrutiny, practical mechanisms and certain pre-requisites. FEFA requests the IEC and all political parties & coalitions to undertake serious efforts with a view toward changing the current electoral system into a more appropriate system-one that prevents waste of votes and pave the ground for real representation of the people. Any new system must take into account the principle of intact competition which requires more time.

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2/27/2018

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FEFA

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Press Release

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Election

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