Conducting Elections before Brining Electoral Reform Will Result in another Electoral Deadlock
FEFA’s leadership met with the Mr. Grant Kippen, Chief Electoral Advisor for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The meeting agenda was conducting parliamentary elections in Ghazni province, provincial council elections, municipality elections in major provinces and district council elections. Mr. Naeem Asghari, acting director of FEFA welcomed the Independent Election Commission’s statement on its preparation to conduct the above mentioned elections but said, “Conducing elections are the legal duty and responsibility of the election commission but considering the security situation of Afghanistan, lack of financial resources for the elections, lack of trust-building on election process and election commission challenge conducting elections.” He expressed FEFA’s concern over lack of capacity in election commission to conduct the above mentioned elections in one year. Then, Mohammad Omid Noorzai, Head of Election and Peace Department of FEFA said that FEFA has already shared 2 recommendation packages on electoral reforms with both electoral commissions and added, “The recommendation packages includes specific recommendations for all electoral stages but as seen the electoral commissions are reluctant to implement them.” He emphasized that before brining reforms conducting elections will result electoral deadlock. He stated that lack of clearing the voters’ list from fake voters, building capacity of IEC in proper use of technology in election, amending the electoral procedures and guidelines the election commission must refrain from conducting elections. Subsequently, Mr. Grant Kippen thanked FEFA for playing an effective role in transparency and integrity of elections in Afghanistan and said, “The international community also want electoral reform before going to any elections.” He added that he agrees with FEFA that brining electoral reform, providing security, providing budget for elections and enhancing the capacity of election commission are the precondition for conducting a relatively good election in Afghanistan. At the end of the meeting, he stated that the United Nations and international community will continue its support for elections in Afghanistan.
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