Coordination meeting with election stakeholders on October 9th 2019
The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) organized the fourth coordination meeting between relevant election-related bodies at FEFA conferences on October 9th 2019. The meeting was attended by (11) representatives of institutions such as the Independent Election Commission, the Ministry of Interior, the National Bureau of statistic and Information, the Ministry of Women's Affairs and civil society organizations. But the ECC’s representative, despite promising to attend the meeting, did not participate in the meeting until the last minute. At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Naeem Asghari, Program Manager of the Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), welcomed the participants and outlined the goals and objectives of the meeting and asked the participants to provide information on the activities of their respective election bodies. Subsequently, Dr. Mohammad Osman "Forotan", Deputy Director of Operations for the Independent Election Commission, provided the following information as per the agenda of the meeting: • The number of open Polling centers from which the IEC has data is about (4648) and the remaining being about six hundred and eighty nine (689) centers has No data; • Initial voter turnout in the (34) provinces was about two million eight hundred and fifty-four thousand (2854,000), which is not constant and are changeable; • Twenty-three thousand (23,000) datasets have been submitted to the intake section and are being Physically Checked and are by the end of Wednesday, 9 October, 2019. The figures will reach approximately (26,000), while the scanning process is in progress;
• About twenty-two thousand Result Sheets have been uploaded to the IEC website for public to access; Subsequently, the mic was given to Ministry of Interior's Representative, Mr. Kazemi head of organizational intelligence. He stated regarding transport of sensitive materials that so far the MoI doesn’t have complete information in this regard, but MoI have always strived to have a representative of the Independent Election Commission with them while transporting the sensitive’s materials to assure the commission that of the election material delivery is taking place and smoothly without any problems. Also in regards with of protection and storage of sensitive materials after submission to the provincial chairmen of the IEC in the provinces; the Ministry of Interior has no responsibility for it and the responsibility for its safety and storage rests with the IEC. Then the Representative of the National Statistics Organization, Mr. Abdul Sabour Mubariz (Director General of civil and Registration Office), provided the following in regards with the refining of the Voters' List: a list of people whom the IEC have sent to purge or that their Identity Document authentication were supposed be assured of , about which there was a misunderstanding recently, It should be noted that the National Statistics Office has not removed the name any entity or individuals from the list, as the National Statistical Office have identified the cases having problems to the best of its ability, as the Commission have requested . and has sent to Independence Election Commission. The Central Statistic and Information organization had begun a three-step process of refining and identifying ID documents (Tazkeras); fortunately one step succeeded in identifying and processing about twenty-seven thousand (27,000) cases, and the remaining two stages unfortunately were not conducted due to Lack of information and inadequate time. In addition , eliminating the other four hundred thousand (400,000) cases have been reported by the Independent Election Commission, the Central Statistic and Information organization has had no role and responsibility, and it has been done by election commission itself, that its responsibility also goes IEC. Subsequently, the Honorable Representative of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Ms. Melina, referred to the challenges and problems facing women on Election Day, which can be listed below: • Dissemination of warning letters and Night letters by government’s opposing groups and unauthorized armed groups; • Close remaining of some polling stations that prevented women from voting on election day; • Lack of security in some provinces and districts of the country which impedes the participation of women in the elections; • Distrust and low confidence of women over the election process as whole; • Mistrust of women in candidates for failure to deliver on the promises and glad tidings made by candidates in general and particularly regarding securing the position and increase women's participation in major national decision-making bodies; • the existence of obscene traditions and customs that have prevented women from participation; • Alienation of the taking the photos of women in the elections, which is considered as one of the factors lowering participation and presence of women in the elections; • Problems arising from the non-existence of names and credentials of women in voter lists; The Ministry of Women's Affairs also called on the Electoral Complaints Commission to consider the complaints and protest submitted to the commission, especially seriously address the complaints in which women have been harmed. At the end of the electoral Stakeholders meeting, the questions and concerns of the participants have been responded, and also the entities attending the meeting pledged to work together in full harmony to advance this critical and national responsibility, and to have a good coordination.
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