FEFA held the 7th coordination meeting with election stakeholders
The Election Department of Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held the 7th coordination meeting with election stakeholders on December 13, 3017. The representatives of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), The Central Statistics Organizations, The Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Ministry of Women of Affairs (MoWA), Democracy International (DI), the Supporters of Peace and Democracy Organization, the National Institute for Peace & Democracy, The Social Development Organization of National Youth and the Afghan Youth Training Organization attended exchange view and articulate about how to bolster coordination and cooperation between election stakeholders and electoral commissions. It is worth mentioning the representative of Civil Status Registration Authority was also invited to attend this meeting but he didn’t appear. At the beginning of the meeting, Mrs. Maleha Hassan, a member of IEC provided information about polling centers assessment, preparation of voters list, recruitment of staff for IEC, signature of MoU with the civil status registration authority, destiny of electoral constituencies and chief electoral officer IEC and delay in introduction of new member of IEC. She said, “Assessment of polling centers has been completed and among 7180 polling centers 5436 of them have been assessed but the remnant 1744 centers remained unassessed due to security challenges. Moreover, 1015 centers moved to better locations and 1341 centers are newly established.” She also talked about the letter sent by head of regional operations of IEC claiming the assessment process was inconclusive and said the allegations he made is baseless and has political aspect. She also heralded the devising of proposed budget for preparation of voters list and signature of MoU with Civil Status Registration Authority on assisting IEC in preparation of this list. She said the amount needed for preparation of the list is 28.5 million dollar and the IEC is able to prepare it within 3 months after the Civil Status Registration authority completes issuance process of national ID card.
FEFA (Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan)
. The representatives of IEC . The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) . The Central Statistics Organizations . The Independent Directorate of Local Governance . Ministry of Women of Affairs (MoWA) . Democracy International (DI) . The Supporters of Peace and Democracy Organization . The National Institute for Peace & Democracy
The 7th coordination meeting to exchange view and articulate about how to bolster coordination and cooperation between election stakeholders and electoral commissions.
Mr. Mohammad Naeem Asghari, programs manager of FEFA provided information about FEFA’s preparation for monitoring upcoming electoral stages. However, he said lack of issuance of credential letters by IEC to FEFA is a challenge.
She also provided information about filling of vacant positions of IEC at center and provinces and said 24 vacant positions of head of provincial departments and 8 vacant positions of head of department at IEC HQ were announced and the applicants CVs are received. She added the IEC will review the applicants’ applications and shortlist eligible applicants in presence of representatives of civil society organizations and media. She said dysfunction of government system is the reason of delay in introduction of new chief electoral officer of IEC and seriously criticized it. She added the IEC has sent a letter to the administrative office of the president in this regard but it denies receiving of the letter. She added making decision about electoral constituencies and introduction of new member of IEC are the duties of government and warned in case the government does not make decision about electoral constituencies and deter from introducing new member of IEC until 18th December, then the IEC will elect one of its members as chairperson of IEC and will divide the electoral constituencies into 12 constituencies but some participants of the meeting declared shortage of time as a challenge before determination of electoral constituencies. Subsequently, a participant of the meeting castigated the IEC for hosting Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and accused the IEC of having caution conduct with political parties. However, Mrs. Maleha Hassan said a member of IEC paved the ground for hosting Hekmatyar in IEC. Subsequently, Mr. Mohammad Nazari, head of public relation department of IECC provided information about the complaints recorded on assessment of polling centers and said, “The IECC handled the complaints regarding the assessment of polling centers from November 2 to 11, 2017. Within this period, it handled 40 complaints from 4 provinces (Panjshir, Bamyan, Daikundi and Kabul). Most of the complaints related to removal of polling centers but the IECC hasn’t been able to make decision regarding the complaints because the IEC hasn’t uploaded the list and information belonged to the assessment of polling centers in its website. Therefore, the IECC will extend the duration of receiving complaints regarding the assessment of polling centers for 30 more days.” He also talked about appointment of head of secretariat of IECC and said however the IECC sent the list of 6 finalist candidates of this post to the president but the president hasn’t select and appoint one of them yet. Mr. Abdul Khaleq Azimi, representative of Central Statistics Organization provided information about preparation of his organization in assisting with the Civil Status Registration Authority in issuance of national ID cards. Mrs. Sheela Saba, representative of the IDLG provided information about work of the joint committee made up from the representatives of security sector and IDLG in 34 provinces to prevent meddling in election and IEC affairs. Mrs. Parween Khaleqi, representative of Ministry of Women Affairs heralded commencement of awareness campaign on importance of receiving national ID cards, across the country. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Mohammad Naeem Asghari, programs manager of FEFA provided information about FEFA’s preparation for monitoring upcoming electoral stages. However, he said lack of issuance of credential letters by IEC to FEFA is a challenge.
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