92% MPs support the Electoral Reform Process in Afghanistan
FEFA interviewed 125 members of Wolesi Jirga to get their views on electoral reform process. The findings of this survey show that absolute majority of MPs support the electoral reform and consider it a pre-condition for conducting an intact election in the future. The findings of survey were released today in a press conference. Based on the findings of survey 64% of MPs agreed that members of electoral commissions must receive votes of confidence from Wolesi Jirga individually. Likewise, 60% of the MPs demand changing of the electoral system to strengthen the presence of political parties in parliament. However, 69% of interviewed MPs said that they will nominate themselves in upcoming parliamentary election. 1- The government must honestly work to implement the electoral reform process; 2- The Electoral Reform Commission must perform its activities comprehensively, impartially and accurate without considering any political pressure. The government should also not try to intervene the commission affairs. 3- The members of Electoral Reform Commission must be selected based on professionalism and expertise and the commission must have enough authorities. The performance of commission should be transparent and impartial; 4- The government must have strong well for electoral reform process; 5- The process of distributing electronically identification cards must start as soon as possible and the voters list must be prepared; 6- Specifying the date of election and making decision the manner of holding district councils election is very important; 7- Amending the electoral laws, reforming the electoral structures and work on accurate mechanisms to increase the level of transparency and make the electoral commissions accountable are another important issues; 8- Defining the electoral crimes in criminal law and implementing the principle of punishment and rewarding in election process can help prevent fraud and violations; 9- Giving authority to the provincial offices of Election Commission and announcement of the preliminary results of election by provincial offices of Election Commission; 10- Using electoral technology and machinery to prevent fraud and making sure the voting and voting counting process does not face problem.
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