Kandahar electoral stakeholders forum
FEFA held the second round of Kandahar Electoral Stakeholders Forum on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018 at independent Human Rights Commission Conference Hall. There were 20 participants in the Forum of which 5 were women. The program officially begun by FEFA project manager Niaz Mohammad Mandozai. He introduced the Electoral forum and gave insights of the program to the participants. The program participants were IEC representative, representative of Kandahar Police Office, representatives of Kandahar Provincial Council, representative of Kandahar Security Office, Civil Society activists, Kandahar Women affairs Department representative, Women and youth activists, Parliamentary Election Nominees and representatives of political parties. The purpose of the program was to validate the electoral process. Participants at the Human Rights Office talked on electoral issues. Presenters have also made specific suggestions to share with the Independent Election Commission’s main office in Kabul and find solutions for them. Deputy Governor of Kandahar province Mr. Agha Lali Dastgeri said that we are trying to coordinate between the relevant electoral authorities to support the electoral process, and the decisive orders have been given to the government departments to refrain from any form of state-owned in the field of elections. He also asked the FEFA office to oversee and monitor all polling stations in order to validate the electoral process, but also added that the only watching organization that can ensure transparency in election is FEFA. And he also asked members and authorities to support the electoral process. Mohammad Haron the Deputy Commissioner for Operations of IEC provincial office, announced at a meeting that all sensitive materials and insensitive materials had been transferred to Kandahar's office and that he talked with the security authorities in the transfer of sensitive and insensitive materials to the polling centers before the election day. From the women's affairs department, Mrs. Roghayeh Achekzai, said that we had close cooperation with the two Election Commissions and the Security Office in the electoral process, and introduced 400 women to the electoral commissions and the Kandahar police office as employees.
• IEC • Kandahar Police Office • Kandahar Provincial Council • Kandahar Security Office • Civil Society activists • Kandahar Women Affairs Department • Women and Youth activists • Parliamentary Election Nominees • Political Parties
The purpose of the program was to validate the electoral process
FEFA held the second round of Kandahar Electoral Stakeholders Forum on Oct. 2, 2018 along with IEC, Kandahar Provincial Office, Parliamentary Election Nominees and others with the aim of validating the electoral process. The major problem which parliamentary candidates mentioned was that candidate’s observers are allowed to monitor only three polling stations, while they want their observers to be allowed to monitor all polling stations. All the attendees committed to coordinate and cooperate with the electoral stakeholders in order to support the electoral process. They also asked FEFA to monitor all polling stations as long as FEFA has known the only watching organization that can ensure transparency and validity in election.
From the National Security Office, Mr. Najibullah, said that we began our registration process until now, we were cooperating with the electoral authorities. We are in the process of securing the registration process and are currently serving our people in the security of election campaigns and the day of voting. We ask all candidates to keep us informed about their presence 24 hours before their election campaign time to secure their program. In case of any kind of threats they face, we will have an opportunity to resolve the problem. At the end, the program turned in to Questions and Answers with the panelists, On behalf of the Adalat Party in Kandahar, Mr. Moin Rahmani ask the Independent Election Commission (IEC) representative: Have the biometric equipment reached in Kandahar? If it is reached, how many? How many people are you hiring in this section? And when will the training process begin? The IEC representative answered that so far, Kabul has reached 5000 biometrics, but has not yet been sent to Kandahar. And we did not do anything about that yet. And if the biometrics do not reach this province, we will run the elections according to the previous plan. Conclusion: In the end of the forum, the Independent Human Rights Commissioner discussed major problems in Kandahar province and concluded the session. In this regard, the local government's policy of non-interference in electoral matters was discussed and the attendees at the meeting considered the support of the electoral process and the cooperation with the electoral stakeholders as a serious matter. The commission's preparations for the elections in Kandahar were evaluated. Women's participation in the electoral process was also discussed. Election security issues were also discussed. Such programs were read out important for the validation of the electoral process and the transparency of the electoral process. Major problems were also assessed in Kandahar province. The parliamentary candidates committed election violations and destroyed other electoral campaign photos and banners. Another problem was that the municipality of Kandahar claimed that the photos of candidates were installed without the permission of the municipality in the city's central parts, which caused the city to be damaged. The third problem that raised up in the forum was that candidate’s observers are allowed to monitor three polling centers, while candidates want their observers to be allowed to monitor all polling stations. Candidates also demanded that there should be regular transport in the city on the day of voting, and that they should be allowed to travel around the city on the day the elections while these cases were prevented by the authorities.
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