The Second Deputy of Wolesi Jirga Supports the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform
Kabul- The Electoral Reform Joint Working Group is comprised of representatives from political parties, civil society organizations and media. The group held its fourth advocacy meeting for the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform with Mr. Nazer Ahmadzai, the second deputy of Wolesi Jirga. This meeting took place in office of Mr. Ahmadzai at Wolesi Jirga. At the beginning of the meeting Mr. Ahmadzai appreciated the attempts of group and FEFA for electoral reform and expressed his support from the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform. Mr. Naim Asghari, the programs manager of FEFA, thanked the second deputy of Wolesi Jirga for setting this meeting and talked on the objectives of the declaration. Subsequently, Mr. Salehi, the Election Officer of FEFA pointed to the important parts of the declaration on the law on the Organization, Duties and Authorities of electoral commissions. Then, the members of group talked on important issues including presence of representatives of political parties in Selection Committee and changing of the electoral system and urged the second deputy of Wolesi Jirga to consider the recommendations of group while talking on amendment of the Law on the Organizations, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions. Subsequently, the second deputy of Wolesi Jirga appreciated the attempts of FEFA and Electoral Reform Joint Working Group in electoral reform section and promised to invite the members of FEFA in the committee sessions of Wolesi Jirga while talking on the Law on the Organization, Duties and Authorities of electoral commissions. He said that election is a national process and electoral reform is an important issue for promoting election and rebuilding public trust on election process. He also said that the Special Electoral Reform Commission has recommended shortening of the electoral constituencies, changing of electoral system and preparing of the voters list based on the ID cards but implementation of these recommendations is difficult. He said that the recommendations and opinions of representatives of people, political parties and civil society organizations must be considered in electoral reform process.
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