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Afghanistan not able to afford expensive elections anymore

Leadership of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) met leadership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to present FEFA’s recommendations on decreasing election expenditures. Mr. Naeem Asghari, executive director of FEFA said, “The elections has cost 1 billion and 200 thousand dollars. FEFA’s findings indicate that a large amount of this money has been wasted.” The executive director of FEFA added that voters’ registration, staff salaries and printing ballot papers cost so much. However, we can decrease these amount by taking specific measures. He added that each vote costs from 44 to 50 dollars in Afghanistan while in the regional countries cost 1 to 5 dollars. Subsequently, printing of ballot papers inside the country and role of international organizations were discussed. Director of FEFA requested the IEC to create the necessary coordination with the NSIA on clearance of voters list. At the same time, Mohammad Omid Noorzai, Election and Peace Officer of FEFA talked about the electoral reform policy of IEC, structural reform of IEC and presented specific recommendations in this regard to IEC. Then, Mr. Awrang Zeb, chairperson of the IEC thanked FEFA for its usual cooperation with the IEC and FEFA’s proposals on election and electoral reform. He said that FEFA is a real professional election organization in Afghanistan. Therefore, IEC has always used FEFA’s proposals and recommendations. Chairperson of IEC stated that FEFA’s recommendation on decreasing election costs are logical and IEC appreciate it and promise to take measures in this regard. Mr. Zeb also talked about clearance of voters list and stated the IEC has already commenced clearance of voters list by using its internal resources. According to him, IEC is able to %90 clear the list. At the end, the leadership of FEFA and IEC observed the clearance process of voters list.

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5/19/2021

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FEFA

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Kabul

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