FEFA's proposal on the challenges faced by women in the presidential election of 2019
FEFA’s advocacy group held its last meeting on 15 October 2019 with the leadership of the Independent election commission (IEC) to share the findings and concerns of this FEFA regarding challenges and problems of women (voters) in 2019 presidential election. Meanwhile, they praised the good management of Election Day by the Commission, strengthening relations and coordination with the Independent Election Commission and on announcement of preliminary results of the presidential election. The meeting was attended by Ms. Hawa Alam Nooristani, Chairperson of IEC, Mr. Sayed Esmatullah Mal, deputy of IEC, Mr. Mosafer Quqandi, Secretary and Commissioner of IEC, and Mr. M. Hanif Danishyar, Commissioner of IEC, Ms.Rahima Zarifi, Commissioner of IEC and Ms. Eveliana, foreign Commissioner for IEC headquarters. First, Lady Hawa Alam Nooristani, Head of the Independent Election Commission welcomed the group members, added that the role of civil society organizations, public oversight bodies in conducting the 2019 presidential election was significant, and we are fortunately seeing progress every day. Currently the activity is rapidly in progress on the primary results so that in accordance with predetermined schedule, the elected President of the country to be declared. She added that was worthy to appreciate support of FEFA that time to time helped the Commission with their reasonable initiatives. Than the FEFA member said that FEFA‘s advocacy groups, alongside the work to strengthen the political participation of women and youth, have also had Volunteer activities. In her remarks, she added that the group has been working to increase women's participation in various sectors, particularly elections. She added that, unlike other institutions that have always criticized, FEFA came to appreciate the good management of Election Day by the leadership of the IEC. Because despite false beliefs, women have proven to possess superb-management abilities. She added that discussion that we recently had in FEFA in a meeting, we have worked on pathology of 2019 presidential election in which we found that, unfortunately, the challenges and problems of women (voters) are not much different from the previous elections as has occurred repeatedly. And day by day the challenges increased. It is time to know what the Commission can do in this regard and what the FEFA as a civil society institution can do.
The group sought information from the leadership of Commission on the announcement of preliminary results that recently raised various beliefs and bargaining by electoral tickets and people about. Whether the commission will proceed in line with the timeline and what the group can do as an advocacy group. Said Ms. Nooristani in this regard: despite the challenges and problems, the 2019 presidential election has been well managed, the Commission could practice Democracy to some extend as well as we strive to proceed within the timeline to move forward and it worth mentioning that the FEFA in this regard also launch its programs and illuminated people about the importance of the right to voting and election. She said about the announcement of preliminary results: We are trying to proceed according to schedule of the elections commission and emphasize on date 27 unless some Polling stations need to be recounted. At the end she added that the election is great process and will have its own shortcomings, therefore has asked the FEFA to support the Commission because the announcement of results of elections are important for people otherwise the entire process will be questioned At the end summing up the meeting said Ms. Zarifi: all the information and decisions made are available in Commission’s website and once again called on FEFA and other civil society organizations to support the good work of the Commission.
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