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TEFA questions IEC scrutiny method

TEFA questions IEC scrutiny method

Oct 23, 2013 - 18:55

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEFA) on Wednesday it was concerned about the scrutiny method the electoral body used for reviewing documents of candidates.

“TEFA believes the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) should clearly state the disqualification reasons to the candidates and the public in order to respond to the questions and concerns raised,” the watchdog said in a statement.

For monitoring and observation, TEFA called on electoral bodies to involve civil societyinfo-icon representatives in their future activities and scrutiny as it could increase people’s confidence over the process.

The foundation also welcomed the announcement of a preliminary list of candidates for 2014 presidential and provincial council election, calling it a significant step toward next year’s election process.

“Inclusion of eligible candidates to the preliminary list boosts the transparency and credibility of the election process.”

The IEC a day earlier said 10 of 27 candidates could make it to the 2014 presidential race. Those disqualified had either retained nationality of another country or failed to provide the required number of voters’ signatures.

The commission said disapproved candidates had 20 days to complain. In a statement, the IEC said it commenced verification process of documents on October 7 in order to assure the accuracy of respective candidate applications received.

The IEC used a coding system for the first time to assure a transparent and impartial vetting process.

“Based on this system, the names of candidates remain confidential, and candidate documents are identified based on a code number generated by the system.”



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