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Afghanistan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) is deeply concerned over theexisted deadlock in the electoral reform process.

Afghanistan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) is deeply concerned over theexisted deadlock in the electoral reform process.

Jun 13, 2016 - 09:04


Press Release 12/06/2016 ACSEN believes the delay in electoral reform has made impossible conduct of next parliamentary elections this year and also undermined public confidence on democracy in the country.

According to ACSEN, this delay can haveother negative consequences for the existing system, because lack of electoral reforms will further reduce work-legitimacy of parliament andbringcredibility of National Unity Government (NUG)under question before people and international community. 

ACSEN urges parliament to play its historic role and responsibility with full sincerity against the well of people and civil societyinfo-icon by ratifying the presidential decree away from the influence of power-involved elements, and refrain from playing with the process by halting electoral reforms and parliamentary elections.

Adopting preparations and creating finance and security committees by government cannot be deemed as a realistic step for holding free and fair elections, until polls operational plan is prepared by an independent, credible and national electoral institution in which government departments played supportive role. 

ACSEN also calls on the leaders of NUG (President and Chief Executive Officer) to seek other legal ways for adopting reforms, if parliament rejects this decree.

ACSEN also asks NUG leaders to facilitate the ground for better polls through sincere support of electoral reform, and far from from the influence of those power-involved elements opposing reforms.

ACSEN also require political parties, free media outlets and political elites to loud their voices in support ofdemocratic process and electoral reforms despite the available tough security and economic situation.

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