Civil Society Organizations Elected their Representative for the Appointing Committee
Kabul, 22 July 2013- Based on the provision 8 of the Law on Structure, Composition and Mandate of IEC and ECC, the appointing committee is comprised of six members including the head of the Senate (Mishrano Jirga), head of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), head of the Supreme Court, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, head of the Committee on Monitoring the Implementation of the Constitution and the representative of civil society. The appointing committee shall provide the President with a list of qualified candidates among which the President shall elect the members of the IEC and ECC. Civil society organizations and activists appreciate having a membership in the aforementioned committee and believe that the participation of civil society organizations adds to the credibility, transparency and efficiency of democratic processes. Civil society organizations also acknowledge the appointing committee’s decision for giving CSO’s the competency to elect their own representative. Yesterday at the meeting, in the presence of almost 50 organizations, the decision to elect Mr. Nader Nadery, chairperson at Free & Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) to represent CSOs in the appointing committee sought the consent of all the participants. Based on the remarkable achievements of FEFA in electoral affairs and Mr. Nadery’s extensive experience in the observation of elections, the participants’ decision represented a consensus of opinion. Civil society organizations also decided that Mr. Nadery in close cooperation with civil society shall reflect the CSOs’ viewpoints in all decisions made by the committee in the appointment of the IEC and ECC commissioners.
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