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Political parties yet to start overseeing voter registration: IEC

Political parties yet to start overseeing voter registration: IEC

Jun 18, 2019 - 15:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Tuesday announced launching oversight process of the ongoing voter registration and said so far no political party had started observing the task.

Earlier, the IEC has announced a 20-day voter registration process for the Sept 28 presidential election.

Habib Rahman Nang, IEC secretary, addressed a joint press conference with representatives of political parties, civil societyinfo-icon, media, election watchdogs and presidential candidates. He said so far no political party had observed the voter registration process.

He termed the observation of the ongoing voter registration as important and said: “We are committed to providing all facilities to observers in this regard.”

He said presidential hopefuls and voters were responsible to oversee the ongoing voter registration and share their concerns and complaints with the IEC.

Nang said those violating the law would be dealt with sternly and introduced to the Attorney General Office (AGO).

He further said all those individuals observing the voter registration process could get acredential letter from the commission.

He acknowledged there had been some problems with regard to observation of the recent Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections but said such mistakes should be avoided in the upcoming presidential election.

Around one million observation cards would be increased in the IEC database system this time, said Nang.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News it was not yet known how much observation cards would be distributed.

Abdul Khabir Mohmand, IEC head for foreign relations, told the press conference that there were some challenges at the recently held Wolesi Jirga polls such as technical problems, weak internet and database.

He said observation cards would be issued online as well and the demanders could register their documents in this regard.



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