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Proposed Plan of FEFA for Independent Media of Afghanistan to Support Electoral Reforms

Media as fourth estate in democratic regimes have always played an effective role in implementation of reforms. Experiences have shown that professional and targeted use of independent media to support reforms in a country produces desired results, because impressibility level of people and political leaders are always very high, and it can persuade decision makers or organs to bring necessary reforms. It is, however, worth mentioning that this is possible only when the independent media are completely aware of their responsibility organize and coordinate their programs effectively and professionally by taking effective steps in order to bring positive changes to the society. Fortunately, article 34 of Afghan constitution ensures freedom of press and article 50 ensures “the right to access information in government agencies.” Also media law generally regulates the scopes for activities of free press, and encourages the role of free press in the country. All these legal guaranties (contexts) can, to a large extent, pave the way for effective and efficient activities of press in promoting public awareness and advocating for changes and reforms in political, economic and social systems of the country. Experiences from 2009 presidential election and 2010 parliamentary election, which faced huge challenges, clearly show an urgent need for electoral system reform. But given the short time available to reform electoral law, essential efforts should be launched as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, article 81 of Afghanistan constitution stipulates that “electoral law shall adopt measures to ensure fair and effective representation of Afghan people in elected institutions.” Stipulation in this article itself shows support for actions and endeavors by different institutions to reform the country’s electoral system. The above-mentioned legal opportunities clearly prove the claim that free media can play an effective and invaluable role in supporting electoral reforms.

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1/1/2015

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FEFA

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Electoral Reforms

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