FEFA shared its Report on First Phase of the Voter Registration Process
FEFA Shared its observation findings on the first phase of the voter registration process of 2014 presidential and provincial council elections with the Independent Election Commission, media and civil society through a press conference. First phase of the voter registration process started on May 26, 2013 and continued for two month. According to the data released by the Independent Election Commission 287538 people received voting cards in first phase of the voter registration process. Jandad Spinghar, Executive director of FEFA pointed the shortages and violations seen in the first phase of the process and said, “according to the observation reports first phase of the process was implemented successfully. But FEFA’s Observation show that violations, security challenges, irregularities, violating the electoral Law and voter registration procedure has taken place in some voter registration centers. The executive director of FEFA said, the level of violations and irregularities was not so high to challenge the process, and added we seriously express our concerns on continuation of violations and shortages in the second phase of the process. Security challenges, delay in opening of the voter registration centers, technical problems with equipment, inaccuracy in keeping sensitive material in safe places, inaccuracy in checking valid document of voting cards applicants, inappropriate locations of women voter registration centers, lack of female police in women registration centers, distributing more than one card to one person, distributing card for absent people, partiality of IEC staff were the issues that FEFA mentioned them as violations and electoral irregularities. Executive director of FEFA said, “As the security entities promised to maintain the security of voter registration centers to stave off any security threats and create a secure condition for people to take part in the voter registration process, they should maintain the security of voter registration centers.
He also urged the Independent Election Commission to consider the findings of observer institutions and in cooperation with the related entities prevent fraud, violation And shortages in the process to enhance people trust on the process and encourage them to take part in the process. Second phase of the voter registration process started on July 27, 2013 and will cover the districts across Afghanistan. It is worth mentioning that the voter registration process will continue until March 22, 2014 (two weeks before Election Day). Based on the voter registration procedure prepared by the Independent Election Commission,
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