2010 Election Observation Mission Special Report: Vetting of Candidates with Alleged Ties to Illegal Armed
Vetting of candidates for ties to illegal armed groups (IAGs) during this year’s electoral process was carried out in an uneven and non-transparent manner that ultimately undermined its effectiveness and credibility. As an organization committed to supporting democratization in Afghanistan, FEFA shares the well-founded concerns of wider civil society about gunmen serving in elected office, and would welcome a robust and impartial vetting process. But there is no substitute for good vetting, and poorly-conducted vetting advances neither democratization nor the protection of human rights. FEFA is deeply concerned about the lack of transparency demonstrated by the electoral and vetting in situations and consequent opportunities for politically-biased decisions and violations of candidates’ political rights.
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