A prospect to district council elections: coordination, concerns and necessities

Kabul-Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a conference under the title of a prospect to district council election. The representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, elite figures, university students and media attended this conference to discuss the preparations and coordination for holding the district council election. At the beginning of the conference the executive director of FEFA, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed talked on importance of district council election and said that FEFA as the largest domestic election observation institution in Afghanistan has always emphasized on holding the district council elections on the date mentioned in the constitution. He said, “On one hand, holding of the district council election along with the parliamentary elections can strengthen the pillars of political system and on the other hand the heads of National Unity Government had promised the people to hold the district council elections along with the parliamentary election.” Mr. Rasheed added that given the importance of holding Loy Jirga (Grand Assembly) for amendment of constitution holding of district council elections to elect the members of district councils is very important and therefore, the related institutions must get preparation for holding the district council elections from now on. Subsequently, Mr. Rasheed criticized the delay in electoral reform process and government’s ambiguous stance in this regard and urged the heads of National Unity Government to undertake the necessary measures for electoral reform and establishment of Selection Committee. Then, FEFA’s representative presented a power point presentation on the results of FEFA’s advocacy meetings with the related government institutions. In this presentation, FEFA presented information on the importance of district council elections, enhancing the level of cooperation and coordination among related institutions including the Directorate of Local Governance, the Central Statistics Organization, The Afghan Geodesy & Cartography Office, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Ministry of Interior Affairs. The election officer of FEFA, Mr. Rahmutullah Salehi said, “During several advocacy meetings with the mentioned institutions FEFA succeeded to know the level of their preparations for helping in holding the district council elections. Our findings indicate that there is no coordination and cooperation among the above mentions institutions to play their roles in holding election.”

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