Kunduzis want past mistakes avoided in future polls
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Voicing support for electoral reforms, the people of northern Kunduz province on Tuesday urged the government to not to allow fraud and irregularities experienced in the past to be repeated in future elections.
Nearly 200 representatives from the Afghan Civil Society Network (ACSEN) participated in a conference in Kunduz City, the provincial capital, to call for improved electoral process.
A tribal elder, Hajji Haikal, from Aliabad district, told the conference that in the previous conference, they had proposed changes to the electoral system and had stressed the issuance of electronic ID cards and replacement of commissioners on the electoral bodies.
He said their previous and current suggestions about electoral reforms should be respected by the government and violations committed in the past elections should not be repeated in future elections.
ACSEN chairman for northeastern zone, Dr. Mohammad Haroon, said the conference was aimed at gathering people’s opinions and discussing their role in the electoral process and reforms.
Civic education manager at the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission, Hamidullah Baloch, said the conference would help propose amendments to the election law and code of conduct of the electoral system and would find resolutions to challenges, irregularities and fraud.
Haroon said they had already submitted suggestions and recommendations of Kunduz people about reforms to the election bodies, the electoral reform commission, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office and the President.
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