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FEFA calls for immediate and temporarily suspension of the voter registration process

FEFA believe that successful completion of the voter registration process and preparation of the voter list are prerequisites for the legitimacy and credibility of the election process. However, monitoring of the registration process revealed a series of challenges which require immediate address to end public concerns and guarantee preparation of accurate voter lists. FEFA seriously calls on IEC to retain its independence, and abide by the provisions of the laws and accepted electoral principles. Low level public participation in the first month of the voter registration process indicates that there is a crisis of trust, and frustration with the electoral reform process has further decreased public confidence in the process. Preparation of the voter list is the only option which can validate the legitimacy of the electoral process and achieve a better election. Therefore, the Afghan government, IEC and all stakeholders must prioritize preparation of an accurate and legitimate voters list. The government and IEC have recently developed a process of attaching stickers to the back of copies of voters’ identity cards at the time of registration, but this decision has created some concerns among citizens. Some felt that attachment of a sticker to the back of their original identity cards posed serious security threats to them at the time of traveling to insecure areas. Therefore, the decision can prevent the threats but lack of IEC’s preparation and practical mechanisms to prevent multiple registration (Through copies of identity cards) is a serious concern. This situation added to the distrust of citizens to the process and can further decrease the level of participation. Considering the facts, FEFA calls on the government of Afghanistan and IEC to immediately suspend the voter registration process and undertake the following measures before resuming it in the districts and villages:

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5/14/2018

Date

FEFA

Publisher

Press Statement

Type

Election

Category

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