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FEFA’s Recommendations on Improving the Audit Process

Following the agreement of the two presidential candidates, on July 17, 2014 the independent Election Commission began the nationwide audit of the votes cased on 14 June 2014 Presidential Runoff Election. FEFA conducts observation of the process, currently with over 80 observers and has on standby 50 additional observers who would join the process as soon as the IEC reaches to its full capacity of 100 teams of auditing per day. FEFA’s Observation of the audit process in the past five days show that those involved in the process, especially candidates agents, has limited understanding of the audit process and often they lack necessary information on the audit procedures. This has resulted some times in major disagreements among candidate agents and IEC workers. This has caused serious delays and slowed down the audit Process. Therefore, FEFA recommends the followings for an improved process: 1- The Audit & votes invalidation procedure should be finalized immediately; these procedures must be based on accepted UN and International best practices. 2- For better arrangement of the audit teams, the regulation on role of candidates’ agents that also specifies their number in each auditing table, as well as clarifies role of team leaders of the candidates agents, and the seating arrangement for the candidate agents on auditing table should be stipulated. The IEC auditing teams expects domestic and international observers to “sign” on auditing form. To avoid blurring the role of candidate agents and observers the procedure must clarify if the observers should sign the audit result forms. FEFA declined to sign those forms so far. 3- To prevent any further ambiguity and in order to avoid misperception, the audit areas must be more organized and should be provide with enough lights. Audit tables should be of the same standard and the teams should be arranged in manageable distance from each other. 4- The United Nation Assistant Mission (UNAMA) shall ensure that these procedures are fully implemented and operationalized, so that the confidence to the process can be restored.

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7/27/2014

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FEFA

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Recommendations

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Election

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