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The Second Vice-President Supports the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform

The Second Vice-President supports the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform made up of representatives from political parties, civil society organization and media organizations, the electoral reform joint working group-FEFA held a meeting with the second vice president of Afghanistan to advocate for the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform. This meeting was the first advocacy meeting of the electoral reform joint working group for advocating the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform. The members of electoral reform joint working group thanked Mr. Sarwar Danish, the second vice president of Afghanistan for taking part in this meeting and said, “The political parties, civil society organizations and media in cooperation with FEFA codified the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform which includes the opinions of political parties, civil society organizations and media organizations on electoral reform and presented it to the government for consideration. The group also said, “We expect the Electoral Reform Commission to fully implement the declaration while reforming the electoral system and electoral structures.” The group believe that the source of all current electoral crisis is the electoral bodies and if the electoral bodies are not reformed fundamentally the problems/challenges will remain and negatively affect people of Afghanistan. The second vice-president appreciated the electoral reform working group- FEFA for codifying the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform and said, “Electoral reform is a need in Afghanistan and all leaders of the national unity government understand it. However, our electoral bodies have promoted than the past years but it is not enough, we need to strengthen and reform the electoral system and electoral structures of Afghanistan.” He presented information on establishment of Electoral Reform Commission and said, “The Electoral Reform Commission is established to identify the electoral challenges and recommend solutions for them.” The second vice-president of Afghanistan said that the competencies and procedures of Electoral Reform Commission have been Codified in consultation with the relevant institutions, civil society organizations and experts and fortunately all political groups of Afghanistan trust on the Electoral Commission. After codifying of the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform the electoral reform joint working group held its first advocacy meeting with the second vice-president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The group will hold successive meetings with other high profile government officials and relevant institutions in coming days too.

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8/8/2015

Date

20

Total Participents

1 Day

Duration

Kabul

Location

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