FREE AND FAIR ELECTION FORUM OF AFGHANISTAN

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First Observation Report on Campaign Process of 2014 Presidential Election

The Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) as the largest election observer institution in Afghanistan observed Presidential Elections’ campaign since it kicked off on 2 February 2014. FEFA’s Long Term Observers are watching the Campaign period in all 34 provinces. This exercise is aimed to gage the electoral environment if it’s conducive for a free and fair elections and it seeks to promote transparency of the electoral process. Based on its observation findings from first month of the presidential electoral campaigns, FEFA considers the process positive and for solving the existed shortcomings present the following recommendations: 1- The observation findings of FEFA show that some candidates or members of their campaign teams were seriously threatened through warning letter and even some of them were killed or injured as a result of direct attacks. The security events negatively impacted on the moral of campaigners and it can be seen in the activities of campaign teams therefore: • FEFA recommends Ministry of Interior Affairs and National Directorate of Security to adopt effective and coordinated measures to maintain the security of members of campaign teams, campaign gatherings and campaign participants to prevent occurrence security events, assassination attempts, kidnapping and threatening candidates and members of their campaign teams in remote regions and provinces. • Likewise, its recommended to the security forces specially detective authorities to try their best to prevent distribution of warning letters to the candidates, members of candidates campaign teams and participants of electoral gatherings to avoid occurrence of security events in the electoral campaigns. • Increasing security patrols in districts and highways during the electoral gatherings to neutralize the measures of insurgents and prevent occurrence of security events. • Ministry of Interior Affairs should train the body guards of the presidential and provincial council candidates and deploy special security guards for female candidates to maintain their security while commuting to remote areas. • Security institutions should establish a 24 hours contact system among the female candidates and local security institutions to review the security problems of candidates coordinately and on time.

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3/13/2014

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FEFA

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Election 2014

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