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FEFA 's Press Statement on Voting Process of Election 2014

Today 5th of April marks a historic momentum for the Afghan people who voted to sustain democracy through extensive and passionate participation in the voting process. Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) that observed the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections with over 10,000 short-term and long-term observers praises the widespread participation of people in the election process and acknowledges the efforts made by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and other stakeholders, including candidates, monitors and observers to efficiently monitor and organize such a national event FEFA, in particular honors the effective measures taken by the Afghan security forces to provide adequate security and facilitate a safe environment for aspirant voters. Also, FEFA is particularly grateful to their volunteer observers who despite security challenges were present at the polling centers greatly contributing to the overall credibility of the process. Extensive participation of women and men in secure and insecure parts of the country shows that the level of public confidence in the process, compared to the previous periods, has significantly increased. Moreover, the role of visual, audio and printed media in covering the election process informing and encouraging people to participate in the voting process has been remarkably effective. It is notable in some cases, that irregularities and fraud in the voting process have been observed, which FEFA will later share along with additional documentations with the Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) and the public. Defective pre assessment of IEC led to lack and inadequacy of polling stations especially in areas where public participation was extensive should be one of the lessons learned by electoral institutions that could be used systematically in future trends to prevent deficiencies.

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4/5/2014

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FEFA

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Press Statement

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Election 2014

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