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Press Release: Commencement of the Voters Registration Process

The Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) welcome the commencement of voter registration and consider it a positive step toward conducting the Wolesi Jirga and district council elections. Preparation of the voter list to connect every eligible voter to a particular polling station is a remarkable achievement which not only enhances transparency of the election process but also decreases the risk of electoral fraud and wrongdoing. As the largest domestic election observation organization, FEFA is deeply honored to monitor the voters’ registration process with more than 500 trained and professional volunteers. However, FEFA faced many challenges at the time of receiving accreditation letters from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) but is grateful to all its volunteer observers who felt it a national duty to cover the process as FEFA’s monitor. FEFA monitored the first day of the voters registration process in 34 provinces of Afghanistan. FEFA’s initial findings indicate that people turnout was very low in the first day of the voters’ registration process. Unfortunately, public awareness about commencement of the voters’ registration process was very low, and most of the registration centers lacked banners to indicate they are voter’s registration center. Additionally, due to security threats, people were concerned regarding attachment of registration sticker behind their Taskeras (National ID Cards). Attachment of registration stickers behind the Taskeras was a deterrent to widening of participation in the process. FEFA will share its initial findings in a face to face meeting with the IEC and relevant parties to the election process to act on to solve the problems and break the barriers. The women turnout was low than men in the first day of the voters’ registration process and The IEC must undertake a series of programs to pave the ground for equal and inclusive participation of all eligible citizens of Afghanistan across the country. IEC must Hold awareness campaigns in provincial capitals and districts, establish the voter registration centers in accordance with the Afghan traditions and cultures and make sure women have easily have access to the registration centers.

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4/15/2018

Date

FEFA

Publisher

Press Release

Type

Election

Category

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