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Voter Registration process for the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Councils elections

The Independent Election Commission launched a process of “top up” of Voter registration in the capital of 34 provinces on May 26, 2013. Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) was accredited with the IEC in May 2013 to “conduct independent observation of the all electoral processes for the 2014 presidential elections.” FEFA deployed 82 male and female long term observers to all designated male and female voter registration centers at the capital of provinces for the “first phase of the voter registration.” The new round of voter registration will add newly eligible voters and those who returned recently to the country or lost their voter cards to the 17 million voters registered in the past four rounds of elections in Afghanistan. Methodology: The purpose of the ongoing observation is to monitor the process of registration and compare the practices of the IEC workers with the established rules and procedures adopted by IEC for Voter Registration. For observing the voter registration process, FEFA developed standard questionnaires that is in line with the IEC rules and procedure for VR. The questionnaire forms are used to evaluate the process of VR and to collect data independently of the Election Commission on the process. The questionnaires contain of 22 both open ended and closed questions. The local observers who are assigned in each voter registration center will fill in the questionnaires based on their observation. After the questionnaires are filled out by the local observers they are shared with the provincial coordinators and are then turned into weekly reports and sent to HQ. Training and capacity building: As a standard rule, FEFA carries out regular capacity building and training of its long term observers. To conduct a professional voter registration observation, FEFA conducted training of trainers for its 34 provincial coordinators on voter registration process in Kabul. The training program which started on May 20, 2013 was mainly focused on identifying major

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6/19/2013

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FEFA

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Report

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Election 2014

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