ASCEN floats own suggestions on electoral reform
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Society Elections Network (ACSEN) on Tuesday rejected some of the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC)’s proposals about electoral reforms and presented its own suggestions.
Talking to reporters here, Taimour Hakimyar, a member of the ACSEN, demanded the reform panel consider their 11-article suggestions to strengthen the country’s electoral regime.
He claimed people’s participation in the reform process had been weak and most people in provinces had not been asked about their views.
Hakimi said ACSN was against extravagant election costs and suggested government machinery should be used in electoral process.
The group also suggested that judiciary should also investigate electoral complaints and stressed the production of election materials inside the country.
Hakimi said the government should include elections-related awareness programme in school curriculum, ensure women’s presences on electoral bodies, prevent illegal privileges and enhance capacity of election staff.
A day earlier, election watchdogs welcomed the ERC suggestions about reforms in the electoral system, but called their implementation as difficult in the current circumstances.
Mohamamd Naeem Ayoubzada, the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News they welcomed the ERC’s suggestions, although incomplete and had their own flaws.
He said two suggestions about rearrangement of voter lists and distribution of computerised identity cards seemed not possible to be materialised in a short time.
The TEFA chief said if the government was not in a position to distribute the computerised identity cards then it should come up with an alternate plan to make the upcoming elections transparent.
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