FEFA’s Concerns over Forgetfulness and Marginalization of the Electoral Reform, Conducting of Wolesi Jirga Election in Ghazni...

Kabul-December 15, 2020 For urgent release The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) welcomes government’s focus on peace which has been a long-standing dream of the Afghan nation and believes that peace is not only a priority for the national stakeholders but also for the international stakeholders of Afghanistan success of which needs collaboration, cooperation and support. But at the same time, it expresses its concern over marginalization of election and lack of specific programing for electoral reform to develop a specific plan for conducting the Wolesi Jirga’s election in Ghazni province, provincial council and the district council elections which have been clearly mentioned in the constitution and is a part of the political agreement between Arg and Sepidar. Continuation of the current situation increases the concerns over forgetfulness of election which is a principle of republic and a remarkable achievement made over the past 20 years. It will also result that the republic’s negotiation team fail to defend the election as an important value, citizens’ right and at the same a red line for ensuring stability in the country. FEFA as an active election watchdog organization is regularly observing the performance of election commissions and government organizations involved in election process through conducting regular meetings with them and studying their actions. Additionally, EFA provides them with specific proposals and recommendations to help prevent major and serious problems. A major part of electoral reform is amendment of electoral laws to provide a clear and comprehensive guidance for all election stakeholders. As you know, the president signed the legislative decree on amendment of the election law on February 20, 2019. Therefore, the 2019 presidential election with all its shortcomings and problems was conducted based on it. Then all sides found that the legislative decree, in several ways, need reform and amendment. However, in contradiction with the constitution, the decree was not put in a vote in Wolesi Jirga but this delay paved the way for the election commission and the government to work for further enrichment of the decree in coordination with the election relevant organizations, political parties, lawyers and experts and present a complete and reformed version to Wolesi Jirga. At the same time, Ministry of Justice conducted several meetings on reform and codification of a proposal on amendment of election law but unfortunately the proposal hasn’t been finalized while hearing that Wolesi Jirga plans to include the legislative decree on the election law in the agenda of its plenary session planned for December 16, 2020.

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