Report on Sixth Coordination Meeting of Relevant and Involved Electoral Institutions
The Free and Fair Election forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) hosted the sixth coordination meeting between the relevant and involved stakeholder parties on September 3-2018 at their conferences hall. The purpose of the meeting was to increase the coordination and cooperation between the relevant and the involved electoral institutions and exchange of information on the activities and functions of the institutions. Competent representatives (12) relevant and involved institutions in Election participated, such as the Independent Election Commission, the National Institute for Democratization, the National directorate of Statistics and Information, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and civil Society Organizations have participated. Meanwhile, the representatives Election Complaint Commission, Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and Ministry of interior Affairs (MOI) were unable to attend the meeting due to problems. However, the Representative of the Central Civil Population Registration Authority, provided information on the agenda of the meeting one day after the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, engineer Mohammad ‘Naeem Asghari’’, the FEFA program manager, besides welcoming the participants, also to outlined the agenda and objectives of the meeting. He asked the attendees at the meeting to provide information on their recent functions and activities. Then, Dr. Rafiullah Bidar, the commissioner of the Independent Election Commission, was the first speaker of this meeting. He spoke about the elections of the Wolesi Jirga in Ghazni province stating that holding elections in Ghazni province have faced two major challenges: 1. The people's demand to subdivision of the electoral system. 2. Bias and ethnic based recruitment and selection in the provincial structure of the Independent Election Commission of Ghazni Province. The Independent Election Commission (IEC), in accordance with article 104 of the Election Law, shall, for the first time in the history of the country's elections, use this jurisdiction, which explicitly stipulates (in case, security situations, natural disasters and other similar conditions make impossible the principle of general and fair representation in holding elections and or undermine the credibility of the electoral process.
• Independent Election Commission • National Institute for Democratization • National directorate of Statistics and Information • Independent Directorate of Local Governance • Civil Society Organizations
The purpose of the meeting was to increase the coordination and cooperation between the relevant and the involved electoral institutions and exchange of information on the activities and functions of the institutions
The Free and Fair Election forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) hosted the sixth coordination meeting between the relevant and involved stakeholder parties on September 3-2018 at their conferences hall, with the purpose of increasing coordination and cooperation between the relevant and the involved electoral institutions and exchanging information on the activities and functions of the institutions. Mr. Bidar, the commissioner of the Independent Election Commission, referred to the challenge of holding district council election in Ghazni and some other provinces, due to lack of security. It is only possible to hold district council election in 40 districts out of 378 districts, since there are enough men and women candidates available. The IEC also is concerned about the possession of electoral process and the independence of IEC, and said that IEC doesn’t want another agency to perform the duty of the IEC. in the meantime, the representative of the Central Statics and Information Organization reassured that they will try not only to provide a transparent election process, but also prevent the duplication of tasks among the agencies.
the and endorsement of the Committee, comprised of the Head and members of the National Security Council, Chairmen of the two houses of the Parliament, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Chairman of the Independent Commission of Oversight of Implementation of the Constitution of Afghanistan be postponed from the specific date for a period of up to four months. According to the situation, it is impossible to hold elections in Ghazni province, and now this authority goes to the Security Council to decide on the elections in Ghazni province, but so far no action has been taken from the address of the Security Council on the fate Wolesi Jirga elections in Ghazni province. Besides, Ms. Bidar referred to the district council elections and pointed out that there were three qualities in female candidates that are as follows: • Among (378) districts there are a number of districts in which there are no female candidates. • In a number of other districts, women candidates are not able to complete that certain proportion of women • In some districts, the number of female candidates is as high as their share, which means female candidates to the extent that there is no competition between them. In regards with male the candidates, there are the following qualities: • We do not know any districts in Afghanistan that do not have male candidates. • There are not enough candidates as many as there should be. That means, they are not equivalent to the seats allocated to them in accordance with the Formula. • There are as many seats available as per the number of candidates which is equal to determined number. If we put qualifications aside, (40) out of (378) districts in Afghanistan have enough men and women candidates available that provide the opportunity to hold district council elections. Due to the lack of security in many districts, the lack of sufficient candidates, especially women as candidates in the district council elections, along with insufficient time for simultaneous holding of the Wolesi Jirga and the District Council elections, therefore, the possibility of holding district council elections not possible and there is possibility to postpone it for the reasons stated above. Considering the fact that whatever the decision of the Security Council regarding the holding of district council elections is, there is no way to hold District Council elections on this year's October 20th and the due time of the district elections should be delayed. In the following, Mr. Bidar referred to the statistics on the insertion and registration of information in the system, pointing out that as many as 5.4 million registrations have been made so far, and the rest of the information is being interred on daily bases in various shifts by IT staffs of The Independent Election Commission. Also in regards with the probable date of the publication of the voter list of Mr. Bidar, stated that it was promised that we will publish it at the end of the month. Regarding the transition of the responsibility of biometrics of voters on Election Day from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to Independent directorate of statistics and information. Mr. Bidar pointed out that although the title of the decree is not acceptable to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), especially after the word of the summing up and collection of votes, in that time is the issue or debate becomes electoral, not the statistical, then the management of such processes in accordance with the constitution and election law of the country, relate to the Independent Election Commission, not any other institution. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is concerned about two issues that should be strictly observed: 1. The Independence of Independent Election Commission. 2. Possession of the electoral process and all its stages. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) does not want another agency to come and, practically perform the duty and responsibility of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) or task the commission to perform them. The Independent should be any induplication of task in between. The ownership of the election process is depends to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), and the issue statistics is the responsibility of the National Statistics Organization, and there should be no overlapping of responsibilities, as the independence of the agencies will be questioned, and then, the people's trust in the Independent Election Commission will tarnish and it may challenge the elections, which will have adverse consequences. Ultimately, the final decision on the transition of responsibility for biometrics of voters from the Independent Election Commission to the Central statistics Organization has not taken place.
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