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IEC yet to take essential steps for elections: TEFA

IEC yet to take essential steps for elections: TEFA

Sep 13, 2018 - 18:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Election watchdog Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistaninfo-icon (TEFA) on Thursday said security problems would pose a major challenge to the elections and that necessary technical and operational preparations for the upcoming Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon polls remained inadequate.

TEFA chief Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada told a gathering titled “Transparent Elections” in Kabul that only 36 days were left to go for the parliamentary elections but the IECinfo-icon was yet to do something special for the process.

The IEC had announced Oct 20 the date to hold parliamentary elections.

Ayubzada said recent security incidents nationwide indicated increased challenges to the upcoming elections.

He, however, said security organizations had assured people of their security on the Election Day and shifting all relevant documents to the IEC main office, but the deteriorated security eroded people’s trust in their claims.

He said argued the IEC's operational and technical activities did not proceed based on the electoral calendar. He said the commission had left many cases out of the calendar in a violation of the law.

Ayubzada said there were serious differences between the members of the election commission and the secretariat of the election commission amid the lack of a clear-cut mechanism of transparency.

He cited the lack of publication of voter lists on the basis of election calendar, the influence of local governors at the provincial level and no polling centers in many provinces among several problems and challenges plaguing the electoral process.

He said the shortage of female employees and claims of political parties surrounding large-scale fraud in the process of registering voters were among issues that had changed the electoral situation.

In order to improve the situation, Ayubzada suggested that the elections should be held on schedule and warned against any delay.

The watchdog issued a resolution stating that the monitoring of national and international observers and some other institutions of the elections was important.

However, IEC deputy spokesman Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi said that the elections would be held on the given date and the commission was ready for the elections. He added the voter list will be released shortly.



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