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EWA stresses electoral reform process

EWA stresses electoral reform process

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May 12, 2015 - 21:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Organization of Afghanistaninfo-icon (EWA) expressed concerns over delay on beginning work on electoral reform process in the country.

The EWA urged the government to speed up and take practical steps for forming the electoral reform commission, a statement from EWA said Tuesday.

According to the statement, the deadlock in 2014 presidential elections of Afghanistan has further increased the need for binding reform in the country’s electoral system.

Establishment of the government of national unity, especially its commitments on forming the electoral reform commission has raised demands for electoral reform among the people, civil societyinfo-icon institutions and even among friend and donor countries.

But as seen by the passage of more than eight months, the government of national unity is yet to take any practical steps for fulfilling the pledges, the statement added.

It said more delay will further reduce people confidence on the election and democratic processes in the country and reduce their participation level in upcoming elections.

The statement added EWA considers start of purposeful electoral reform very productive to consolidating political stability and enhancing public confidence to democracy, asking the government to speed up efforts for launching the electoral reform commission as per people and civil society demands as soon as possible.

EWA also urges the parliament to bring pressure on government by using its legal jurisdiction in attempt to induce senior authorities to electoral reform through the electoral reform commission and once again calls on the government to launch the electoral reforming process timely in order to put an end to the concerns of people, civil society and international community.

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