FEFA to hire 10,000 poll observers
KABUL (PAN): Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FFEFA) chief Nader Naderi on Tuesday said the watchdog would appoint 10,000 observers for the April presidential and provincial council elections across the country.
Naderi told a press conference in Kabul the foundation was committed to impartiality in the election process. He said monitoring the elections was a great historic responsibility.
He said FEFA had signed agreements with embassies of Canada, Denmark, Germany and the UK in Kabul on monitoring the elections.
Under the agreements, he said, the foreign embassies were obliged to pay the watchdog $3.8 million for playing its role in the landmark elections.
Naderi said it was the national responsibility of Afghans to help ensure the historic elections were credible and fraud-free.
The British ambassador in Kabul, Sir Richard Stagg, told the press conference the execution of the elections was of great importance for Afghanistan. “We are proud to be part of that historic process.”
Canadian envoy to Kabul Deborah Lyons said her country supported to particular candidate in the next year’s presidential elections to replace Hamid Karzai.
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