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FEFA’s Brief Report on the First Phase of Voter Registration Process

The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) was prepared for observing the first phase of the voter registration process, but due to funding difficulties FEFA could only observe 20% of VR registration centers with 363 volunteer observers in fourteen provinces ( Badakhshan, MedanWardak, Sarpul, Ghor, Ghazni, Noorstan, Konar, Parwan, Kapisa, Takhar, Bamyan, Dikondi, Panshir, Logar) all findings of observation report were shared and pointed out to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff by holding by weekly meetings. Also, the findings from the start of the process were announced through the media. Despite funding problems FEFA’s volunteer observers have partly continued observing the VR process from the fourteen above-mentioned provinces voluntarily and they have sent the latest reports about the process to the central office. The reports indicate that the registration process in these fourteen provinces has been satisfactory, but there are indications of problems in some of these provinces. Procedural Violations: Multiple registrations: Multiple registrations have been one of the main problems in this process. In many confirmed instances from the start of the process until now FEFA’s observers have witnessed multiple registration violations and they have been reported. Multiple Card distribution: FEFA’s observers have witnessed in Doaba district of Nooristan that the registration center’s staff have distributed cards to community elders without following procedure. FEFA’s observers have reported that the numbers of these cards are up to 100 and similar violations have been reported from Asmar district of Kunar; Andar district of Ghazni; and Cheghcheran City of Ghor. When contact was made with the electoral provincial authorities of Kunar, satisfactory changes to avoid violation have been made. This sort of violation has been more serious and wider especially in the last week of the first phase of registration. Women’s Participation: Women’s participation has been observed in the registration process, but in some provinces due to culturally inappropriate services and lack of security women’s participation has been low compared to the rest of the provinces and this is worrying.

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6/8/2013

Date

FEFA

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Report

Type

Election 2014

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