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Campaign Violations Report (16 June‐ 16 July) Summary

The electoral campaign process is an important opportunity for both candidates and voters to exercise their rights. Candidates can promote their policies and use this opportunity to receive support. At the same time, this phase is an opportunity for the voters to identify their desired candidate. Therefore, the existence of procedures for establishing equal opportunities for candidates in the electoral campaign and preventing violations is very important. FEFA started its campaign‐observation mission on 16th June and this report covers the violations reported to us in the period from 16th June to 16th July. FEFA observes the campaign period through monitoring the enforcement of election laws, the campaign process, and the availability of equal opportunities for all candidates. FEFA observers also attempt to determine if there was a peaceful and safe campaign environment for all candidates. We appreciate the efforts of institutions such as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Media Commission (MC), Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) and media organizations to prevent electoral violations in this phase. On the other hand, in spite of the regulations, procedures and the efforts of these oversight bodies, the number of electoral violations has not decreased since voter registration and candidate nomination periods. In monitoring the adherence to the law, FEFA observes the campaign activities and their adherence to the legal framework. The legal framework for campaigns, like other electoral activities, is shaped by Afghanistan's constitution and electoral law, as well as specific campaign‐related regulations such as the campaign bylaws prepared by the IEC and Presidential Decree No. 38, issued on 20 May 2009, on the impartiality of government employees and institution during the campaign period. Based on this legal framework, we have observed the following violations: (1) misuse of government resources and official positions to the advantage of specific candidates, (2) presence of candidates who hold government posts at the official opening of commonwealth projects; (3) lack of impartiality of government employees; (4) participation of Government officials in the electoral campaign; (5) tearing/ destruction of posters and campaign materials, and; (6) use of campaign materials with discriminatory or possibly violence‐inciting messages.

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6/8/2011

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FEFA

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Election 2009

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