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The Electoral Reform Advocacy Team Held a Meeting with Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs

Kabul- The Electoral Reform Advocacy Group held its ninth advocacy meeting for the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform with Faiz Mohammad Osmani, Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs in Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs HQ. At the beginning of the meeting, the election officer of FEFA, Mr. Rahmatullah Salehi, thanked the leadership of Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs for organizing the meeting and presented information on objectives of the Electoral Reform Advocacy Group. He also talked on the role of Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs in encouraging people to participate in election and preventing electoral violations and fraud. Subsequently, members of the group presented their recommendations on holding of public awareness programs by Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs. They said that Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs in cooperation with media must prevent negative publicity of some mullahs about election. They added that the Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs must hold public awareness programs on women political participation. Then, Members of the electoral reform advocacy group urged the Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs to explain the programs of Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs in this regard. Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs, Mr. Faiz Moammad Osmani, thanked FEFA for its efforts toward electoral reform and said, “Holding of a transparent and inclusive election strengthens political stability in the country.” He also presented information on Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs’ programs and said, “We have commenced the process of standardizing pulpits and mosques of Afghanistan. We established the Committee of Clerics inside the Ministry to prepare the sermon of Friday prayers. The electoral bodies and the election observation organizations can contact the Committee of Clerics and submit their electoral materials to the committee. Then, the committee will share the electoral materials with mullahs to talk about them in their Friday prayers’ sermon.”

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12/3/2015

Date

20

Total Participents

1 Day

Duration

Kabul

Location

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