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FEFA Suggested Recommendation on MOI Policy Concerning Election

FEFA appreciates efforts of ministry of interior affairs for having considerable measurements towards securing four previous rounds of election. FEFA is keen to support recommendations and effective policies of the mentioned ministry in the future. Based on monitoring experiences of FEFA from four previous elections, they are providing recommendations as follow: Making a specific policy to Guarantee effective police function during election: FEFA believes, beside the general operation plan MOI is required to implement a policy which covers functions of police and their neutrality, and insure security for voters, candidates, observers, and facilitators from start of election until 6 months later. Female candidate’s access for further security services: it’s required to give priority to female candidate’s security in this policy, and it shall be considered as significant mission of police in center and provinces. This policy shall pave the ground for further security service to female candidates. Guarantee of Impartiality of Police during Election: This policy shall manifestly identify responsibility of police, impartiality shall be guaranteed, and there must be some measures that if in case, any one from police staff violates principle of impartiality, police must be able to identify and strongly prosecute the violators across the country. It will be useful if additional essential interventions are considered in the region. By the completion of candidates list and before starting of election campaigns those police heads that they have close ties or relation with candidates, shall be transferred temporary to another constituency in order to avoid misuse their authority. Attention to the security of observers in security plan of MOI: role of observers and media is vital and is of high value in reporting from the electoral process, thus their vulnerability is not less to candidates and election commission’s staff. There are several documents and evidences across the country that in spite of existing of police observers were annoyed, therefore paying more attention to security of observers will insure Monitoring processes to some extent.

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1/1/2012

Date

FEFA

Publisher

Recommendations

Type

Electoral Reforms

Category

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