The executive director, program manager, senior advisor in election affairs and election officer of FEFA met with members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on April 2, 2017. The objective of this meeting was sharing FEFA’s observation findings from performance of IEC over the past 4 months. At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, the executive director of FEFA thanked the members of IEC for facilitating the meeting and said, “Our major findings indicate that lack of a codified and strategic electoral plan in IEC, violation of provisions of law and electoral procedures by IEC, existence of problems in coordination method of IEC with election professional organizations and the way of decision making and its impacts on trust-building on electoral institutions and election process are the major problems.” he urged the members of IEC to undertake the necessary measure to solve these problems and prevent repetition of previous electoral problems in future. Likewise, the impartiality of IEC, preventing from interferences in IEC affairs, making decision about the electoral constituencies, openness of election commission’s meetings, holding of meetings inside IEC, paying attention to the principle of accountability and signature of cooperation MoU with civil society organizations (Which are specialized in election) were also raised by FEFA’s delegations in this meeting. The delegations urged members of IEC to pay attention to mentioned issues and adopt specific plans to overcome the challenges in IEC. Subsequently, the chairperson and members of IEC appreciated FEFA for its impartial works and focus toward election and accepted existence of a series of problems in IEC and promised to make serious attempts to solve the problems. At the end of the meeting a copy of the report was presented to members of IEC to read it in details and share their views and reasons before it officially get published.
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