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The second round of Mazar electoral stakeholders forum on the credibility of the electoral process

FEFA conducted the second round of Electoral Stakeholders Forum in Mazar-e-Sharif. The program was set up on August 29, 2018 at the Kefayat hotel of Mazar-e-Sharif. There were 29 participants of which 7 were women. The program participants were as in: officials and representatives of the Independent Election Commission, Election Complaints Commission, Provincial Government Representative, Balkh Provincial Council, Afghanistan Civil Registry Authority (ACRA), Balkh Provincial Police Office, Civil Society organizations, Political Parties, parliamentary candidates Representatives of the Office of the UNAMA and representatives of women's special agencies. FEFA provincial coordinators begun the forum, welcomed the participants and provided brief information on the establishment and activities of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) and in particular give insights of the Electoral Stakeholders Forum. Then, Ajmal Ahadi, responsible for the foreign affairs of the election commission in Balkh province, informed the program and activities of the election commission in Balkh province, especially the commission's plans, in the next stages of the electoral process. Also, Mr. Mohammad Javad Jahed, the deputy head of the Balkh Security Police Office, while discussing security measures at voter registration centers, spoke on security concerns for the next stages of the election process, which was the main focus of the debate, and noted the challenges that existed in the process. There are weaknesses in the electoral institutions and security organs that caused slowness and Problems in the electoral process. The complaints also, that the Police Office representative mentioned of the lack of police formation and quantity in Balkh province, as well as the lack of cooperation and involvement of the Afghan National Army during the previous rounds, suggested that if security forces, such as the police, national security and the ANA don’t cooperate well, we will not ensure the coordination and cooperation of the polling stations. As a result, we will witness the deterioration of the security situation, especially in districts and villages.

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8/29/2018

Date

29

Total Participents

1 day

Duration

Balkh

Location

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