Ninth Report on the Observation of Voters Registration Process

Important findings (from July 21, 2013 to July 27 2013)
Findings show that in some provinces, people were unenthused and less driven to participate in the process due to insecurity. The security condition has direct impact on the VR process. the following events took place during last week: explosion of a mine in center of Ghazni province, naturalization of a mine in center of Farah province, and explosion of a bomb near the police HQ in Baghlan province. The mentioned events didn’t cause closure of the centers but scared people decreased the participation level of people.

In Zabul and Paktika provinces the insurgents advertised that taking part in the VR process and voting is unlawful. The threats had negative impacts on the process.
Delay in the opening of the centers and lack of on time presence of IEC staff at the centers
In some provinces the VR staffs do not observe their working schedule which encourages lack of interest in people for VR process. In Takhar, Ghazni, Farah, Mazar-Sharif, and Herat Many IEC staff members come ten minute to one hour late in the mornings and close the centers ten to one hour early than the schedule and even some are absent.

Warning of CSOs about Frauds in the Upcoming Election

The CSOs of Afghanistan conducted a session on July 30, 2013 to express their concerns on possibility of frauds and violations in the upcoming elections and urged for preventing frauds and violation in the upcoming elections. The CSOs say, preventing the existence of the representative of civil society at the Selection Committee is the beginning of manipulation of election results.

Dawood Moradyan, director of Afghan institute for Strategic Studies and a member of civil society said,” efforts are on the way for manipulating the results of upcoming presidential election. Mr. Moradyan said, “If we take a look at the measures taken two or three years ago we see that some are paving the ground for fraud and violation for the upcoming elections. Fraud and violation in the election process means that democratic procedures are implemented apparently but in truth they want to change the results of election for beneficial of mafia groups and intelligence services of the region. After the elected representative of CSOs was not accepted at the Selection Committee, the CSOs conducted a meeting on July 30, 2013 and considered the issue as the beginning of manipulation in election. In an election the CSOs elected Mr. Nader Nadery as their representative at the Selection Committee but the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of ministers Secretariat didn’t accept him.

Eighth Report on the Observation of the Voters Registration Process

Findings (from July 14, 2013 to July 29)
Findings show that in number of provinces, people were unenthused and less driven to participate in the process due to insecurity. The security condition continues to have direct impact on the VR process. InPaktia provinces 20 meter away from the VR center four explosions took place that scared people and caused closer of the center for one day
In Zabul and Paktika provinces the insurgents advertised that taking part in the VR processand voting is unlawful. The threats had negative impacts on the process.

Two local commanders fought with each other in Baghlanprovince, which had negative impact on moral of people. The events and incidents of Baghlan, Paktika, and Zabul scared people and discouragedthemto participate in VR process.

Delay in the opening of the centers and lack of on time presence of IEC staff at the centers:
In some provinces the VR staffs do not observe their working schedule. Visitors to the center are waiting longer hours for the VR staff to show up and process their request for registration. Observers reported that lack of respect for public’s time caused frustration among those who wanted to registered.

Seventh Report on the Observation of the Voters’ Registration Process

The Independent Election Commission launched a process of “top up” of voter registration on May 26, 2013. Based on the VR procedure prepared by the Independent Election Commission, voter registration process will take place in two different phases. The first phase covers 41 centers in 34 provinces. Each center includes two sites, one for male and one for female. The second phase of the process will cover 440 centers in the districts and villages. The second phase will take two month to distribute card.

The voter registration stage of the electoral process is intended to ensure voting cards are distributed to the new eligible, returning Afghan refugees, eligible voters who have moved from one constituency to another constituency, those who have lost their voting cards, whose voting cards are damages that identifying their profile is difficult, and those who have never received a card before.

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 11 July 2013

Senator Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before this Committee at this critical time in Afghanistan’s political transition.
I am the Chairperson of the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA). From 2004 until last month I was a Commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
I will be speaking about three issues that can determine the course of Afghanistan’s future: the ongoing security transition; the upcoming political transition and elections; and, finally the public perception of the current efforts to start negotiations with the Taliban, and U.S. role within it.
I will also outline for you what so rarely gets reported in the media – that Afghanistan is at a turning point toward stability, with our people beginning to have faith in a democratic system. The investments of the last decade by Afghans and their partners, in particular the United States, have transformed the country. We have seen unprecedented progress made in many spheres, but perhaps what makes me most proud is that on the eve of transition, Afghans are ready and eager to stand on their own feet, with a newfound trust in the abilities of their security forces.

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