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Press Release: Essential electoral stages; challenges, concerns and reforms

The parliamentary and district council elections are in the most sensitive stage. After completion of the candidates and voters registration process, addressing the complaints on candidates’ preliminary list is one of the most important electoral stages. Transparency and accuracy of addressing the complaints directly impact on the efficiency of the future political system. The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission is the main responsible body for addressing the complaints. There are serious concerns about the accuracy of the statistics released concerning the number of people registered to vote in the elections, slow process of entering voters’ data into IEC’s information bank, discordance between the IEC and political parties with regard to biometric tracking of the voters (For the forthcoming parliamentary elections), ambiguities about Ghazni province and district council elections, violation of paragraph 4 of article 24 of the law on the elections which articulates that the Provincial Electoral Officer of the provincial office of the IEC cannot be appointed from the relevant province (But some provincial electoral officers were appointed from their relevant provinces and still continue their jobs), and addressing the complaints on candidates linked with illegal armed groups in absence of domestic observers are the major concerns. Additionally, it seems that announcement of the date for presidential election had a political basis and its technical aspects haven't been considered. FEFA believes that conducting the presidential election on the date declared by the IEC is not possible. FEFA welcomes the developments made towards conducting the forthcoming elections. Appointment of the chief electoral officer and the leadership of Secretariat of IEC has created hopes for better management of the election process. Therefore, FEFA hopes the secretariat of IEC maintains its impartiality and independence in performing its duties and puts all efforts toward fulfilling electoral affairs transparently.

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8/8/2018

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FEFA

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