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FEFA suggests changes in election lawBy Mahbob Shah Mahbob Feb 16, 2013 - 15:28
JALALABAD (PAN): The electoral process could be tainted by fraud if the government did not bring positive amendments to the relevant law, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) warned on Saturday.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) should change the mechanism to ensure transparent polls, FEFA chief Jandad Spinghar told Pajhwok Afghan News at a workshop in Jalalabad. Civil society representatives, local officials and provincial council members attended the event.
“Several clauses of the election law are vague and ambiguous; they need clarity in the interest of poll transparency,” remarked Spinghar, asking the authorities to assure the nation of fool-proof security ahead of the elections, due in 2014.
Civil society activist Syed Khalid Sadaat claimed some officials, taking advantage of the current vagueness, were already canvassing for themselves indirectly. “The IEC remains tight-lipped on the issue, which is an illegal act.”
He asked the commission to learn from past experiments to prevent possible irregularities in the process. “There could be a recurrence of the problems seen previously if effective measures are not taken to eliminate corruption and bribery.”