Conference on presenting proposed principles for credibility of elections
Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan Organization (FEFAo) conducted a conference on Feb. 20, 2019 at InterContinental Hotel to launch the declaration on proposed principles and recommendations for credibility of elections. Mr. Asghari from FEFAo, welcomed the participants and thanked the Counterpart International, the USAID, Inter-news and the Agha Khan Foundation for funding the project on credibility of election. Furthermore, he appreciated all the electoral institutions that have contributed to the implementation of the election support program. He said that Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan Organization (FEFAo) has summarized the findings, suggestions and recommendations that are gathered from provincial electoral stakeholders forums, consultation meetings and Advocacy Meetings in the form of "Declaration on Proposed Principles for Credibility of Elections", and is sharing it through a conference with all of the electoral stakeholders, international community and sponsors of the program. FEFAo, based on the provincial observatory findings and consultative meetings with political parties and civil society organizations, aimed at correcting some of the violations and preventing further violations in the next stages of the election, FEFAo submitted the principles and recommendations to the Independent Election Commission, Election Complaints Commission, the Department of Population Civil Registration, the Government of Afghanistan and the international community. Part of these Proposed Principles could be implemented in the short term, but many others require the planning, follow-up and long-term commitment of the electoral bodies. On the other hand, a number of them focus on the registration process itself, while others are linked to other electoral processes.
• Independent Election Commission • Election Complaints Commission • The Department of Population Civil Registration • Representative of Chief Executive Office • The international community
The meeting was conducted to launch the declaration on proposed principles and recommendations for credibility of elections.
Electoral Stakeholders much welcomed FEFAo's proposed principles and committed to complying with the recommendations and principles of the election in accordance with the Election Law. The representative of the CEO of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said that the government will remain committed towards the principles of the credibility of elections program and thanked FEFAo in helping to have a free and fair election in Afghanistan. Operational deputy head of secretariat of IEC shared the challenges of the Parliamentary Elections, adding that the recommendations and principles of the Declaration are very effective in improving the electoral process. The Independent Election Commission assured that the IEC would implement all the recommendations of the declaration, which is the responsibility of the Election Commission. Similarly, the deputy secretary of the Electoral Complaints Commission on policy and coordination expressed the commitments of ECC on the implementation of the proposed principles of declaration. He added that, based on the Election Law, the principles of the FEFAo Office would be introduced into the Commission's working policy so that the recommendations would improve the process of handling complaints at ECC.
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