FEFA’s proposed framework on election vulnerabilities with addressing necessary recommendations
Election is a national process which require active participation of all stakeholders and relevant institutions in order to be credible and legitimate for all stakeholders and relevant parties. As the largest domestic election observation organization in the country and in line with its mandate and mission, FEFA has made every effort to monitor the actions of the Independent Election Commission. To this end, FEFA has regularly shared its monitoring findings with the stakeholders and the people of Afghanistan. Given the status quo, commitments of relevant parties to the election process and the developments made toward holding the forthcoming parliamentary and district council elections, FEFA analyzed the situation and identified the factors which can make the electoral process vulnerable. This document follows the objective of calling the attention of all the stakeholders to these factors, presenting points of vulnerability, fact cases and corresponding solutions which we believe would address them. FEFA believes that implementation of the electoral reform and efforts to standardize the election process requires commitment and strive of IEC and the cooperation of all relevant parties and stakeholders. Hence, the IEC is requested to seriously address the proposed proposals presented by the expert election organizations. Undoubtedly, As the largest domestic election observation organization, FEFA conclusively support the reforming measures taken by the IEC, and is ready to technically and principally cooperate with the IEC.
FEFA (Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan)
1) Representatives of FEFA 2) Representatives of IEC
1- Reforming the organizational structure of the commission, formulating and enforcing an internal code of conduct, and clearly delineate the supervisory and policy making functions of the commission particularly with regard to those of the secretariat and provincial offices. 2- Holding the recruitment process transparently based on the principle of meritocracy, and devising a functioning system for incentives and enforcement of discipline to enhance trust among staffs and give them the sense of having job and tenure security; 3- Putting efforts to create a professional working environment for the commission’s staffs, particularly, for female staffs; 4- Devising a policy and guidelines to facilitate the internal and external relations of the commission, and to strengthen accountability. Similarly, establishing an office for the spokesperson to share information with public on time; 5- Playing an active role in addressing negative views and distrusts toward the commission, enhancing the stability of commission, developing strategic policies to retain independence and impartiality of the commission, making efforts to enhance effectiveness and working quality of the commission, and abiding by the provisions of laws/procedures and electoral principles. 6- Establishment of a monitoring & evaluation unit (Disaster management) to review the events and to take measures for potential deadlocks; For the complete list of recommendations, download the attached pdf file by clicking on the download full report button beneath the image.
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