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The Second Advocacy Meeting!

Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Supports the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform Kabul- the Electoral Reform Joint working group, made of representatives from political parties, civil society organizations, and media held its second advocacy meeting on Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform With Mr. Abdul Razaq Wahedi, Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The members of group thanked Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology for attending this meeting. Mr. Naim Asghari, programs manager of FEFA presented detailed information on background of Electoral Reform Joint Working Group and the contents of the declaration and said, “The political parties, civil society organizations, mass media and FEFA consolidated their opinions about electoral reform in a declaration (The Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform) and now present it to related government institutions for consideration.” He said that Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology is a key institution hence a considerable part of the declaration belong to it. Usage of technology in election process and technical aspects of issuing electronic ID cards belong to Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. Mr. Asghari added, “FEFA as a professional election observation organization is committed for electoral reform and is ready for every type of cooperation with government institutions including Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. Subsequently, Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology appreciated the attempts of groups and FEFA and said, “Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology of Afghanistan has covered 70-75% of Afghanistan by telecommunication services. This Ministry has also covered 20 provinces of Afghanistan by optical fiber and satellite (Afghan Set).” He promised the members of group to undertake the necessary measures in section of using technology in election in case the Independent Election Commission share the list of polling centers with them. He added, “Using technology in election requires more time and costs hence, we need to pass two to three election to become ready for using technology in election because we need 6 to 10 years to issue electronic ID cards for Afghan citizens.”

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9/8/2015

Date

12

Total Participents

1 Day

Duration

Kabul

Location

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