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FEFA’s analyses from the new amendment of election law: The effects and consequences

FEFA recognize and support elections reform as a crucial step prior to the 2019 presidential and provincial and district councils’ elections. The 2018 elections proved that the Elections Management Body EMB and National Unity Government NUG were unsuccessful to bring fundamental reforms in elections to respond the fulfillment of key principles for free and fair elections within 2018 parliamentary elections. FEFA continues with its efforts to push for elections reform to ensure that lower risks are challenging the process. It was perceived by the government that the election law should be amended to resolute some of the issues including the changes at the leadership of elections commissions. They requested FEFA to prepare a package of recommendations to amend elections law. Thus, FEFA reviewed and prepared a bunch of recommendations that several of them were accepted by the government. Following to the first draft of amendment by the government, FEFA was part of consultations with political parties and presidential candidates’ tickets. Through those consultations, due to political parties’ resistance and challenging the government draft, some part of the amendment has been changed including selection mechanism of elections commissioners. FEFA recommended to remove selections committee and suggested another mechanism to appoint the members of IEC and ECC based on a rule to give a balanced engagement of political parties, CSOs, and Government. Now, FEFA summarize the amendments in few paragraphs, and provide an analysis of its effects and the changes that might happen in the next elections cycle

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2/26/2019

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FEFA

Publisher

Analytical Report

Type

Election

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