ETWA welcomes selection committee’s work launch
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election and Transparency Watch Organization of Afghanistan (ETWA) on Sunday said commencing work by the new selection committee after months of unjustified delay was a positive step toward electoral reforms.
In a statement, the election watchdog said it “looks forward to sustainable reforms that are not politically derived or symbolic and will be followed up after Brussels Conference.”
ETWA said it believed that selection of election commissioners was a vital stage of electoral reform process whose success depended to a great extent to precision, transparency and technical capability of the selection committee members.
ETWA said the main purpose of the selection committee formation was to establish effective, credible, transparent and accountable electoral commissions.
ETWA recommended that to ensure transparency of the process and remove all doubts about its work, the committee’s sessions should be open to CSOs and media observation.
The committee should make public the lists of applicants prior to and after consideration through media and should share its working procedures for considering applications with CSOs and media as soon as possible.
To select the most qualified candidates for membership of electoral institutions and to create ease for considering applications, the committee should set pre-defined criteria for selecting candidates and share them with media prior to considering applications, the watchdog said.
It said the selection committee should establish specific mechanism for adjudicating complaints received from complainants on the work of its secretariat and share them with media to ensure a just and fair selection process.
Since media and CSOs play critical role in strengthening the transparency of selection process, they are called on to monitor the work of selection committee persistently and make all possible efforts for betterment of the process.
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