FEFA: The Recommended Package Presented by The Special Electoral Reform Commission is Not Complete

Sept 13, 2015
Kabul- Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a press conference to review the recommended package of Special Electoral Reform Commission (SERC) on short-term electoral reform. FEFA pointed the positive and negative points of the recommended package in this conference. FEFA technically reviewed the first recommended package of SERC and indicated its strengths and negative points in a report under the name of “Revision of Positive Points and Shortcomings of the Recommended Package of the Special Electoral Reform Commission”.
The executive director of FEFA, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, pointed the details of FEFA’s report on SERC’s recommended package and appreciated the members of SERC for the attempts they made in electoral reform section. He subsequently, talked on shortcomings and ambiguities of the recommended package of SERC and said, “Unlike our expectations SERC hasn’t accurately reviewed the challenges and problems of electoral system.” Mr. Rasheed said that changing of the electoral system, selection of constituencies, the Transparency Committee, the structure of commission and the relationship among the secretariat of commission and provincial offices are not clear and complete in the recommended package of SERC. He also said, “FEFA’s findings from the recommended package indicate that there is ambiguity and contradictions in some recommendations of SERC and on the other hand the implementation mechanisms are not stated for some recommendations.” He hoped that in scrutiny section of the recommendations, SERC consult with the electoral institutions and electoral experts to solve the ambiguities and shortcomings of the recommended package.

Declaration of Women Political Rights Advocacy Group on Electoral Reform to Electoral Reform Commission and Government

Women Political Rights Advocacy Group Urge the National Unity Government to Actualize the Commitments it had made on Increasing the Role and Proportion of Women in Governance and Electoral Reform Process
Kabul, June 1, 2015

The Women Political Rights Advocacy Group is lobbying for its proposals to verify women political rights in the country. Thus, it urge the leaders of National Unity Government to actualize the commitments they made during electoral campaign on increasing and strengthening the role of women in leadership of government. The group welcome presence of four women in cabinet and urge the government to not think it is enough for women. Considering presence of four women in cabinet the group urged the government develop a national inclusive program on increase the proportion and role of women in all leadership and management levels of government. Hence, the group raise the following issues as basic demands and principles:

1- During the electoral reform process women challenges and problems must be considered accurately. The group findings from election observation report of FEFA indicated that despite widespread women participation in previous election there were many problems and barriers before women. Unfortunately, continuation of such circumstance in upcoming elections will deprive women from their political rights. Thus, the group has developed a specific proposal and present to the Electoral Reform Commission and government of Afghanistan.
2- During the electoral campaign period the leaders of National Unity Government promised people many times to increase and strengthen the role and proportion of women in government leadership. Likewise, the group held a conference under the name of Election and Women Rights on ( 26 December 2014 ) where presidential candidates attended and received group’s demands and committed to actualize them. Pursuing mentioned issues, group urge leaders of National Unity Government to actualize their commitments on increasing and strengthening women role and proportion in leadership and management level of government.
3- The proposal of Women Political Rights Advocacy Group explicitly mentioned membership of a woman in High Supreme Court, appointing of women as governors, diplomatic agents, deputy-ministers, and heads of general directorates and chairs of independent commissions. Now, the National Unity Government must actualize its commitments and consider the proportion of women in all mentioned sections. At lease the group urge for appointing of 9 women as governors.

Best Regards
Women Political Rights Advocacy Group-FEFA

FEFA expresses concerns over the situation in electoral commissions urging the government of Afghanistan and International Community to immediately handle this issue

After the international community announced the cut of their assistance to the electoral commissions, the officials at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) set a one-month deadline for their staff in central and provincial offices to do their clearance with the commission. As a result of this decision, the IEC staff protested calling the commissioners responsible for the situation and asking them to step down
FEFA and the people of Afghanistan are seriously worried about the situation. The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) believes that as part a major of electoral reform process, there is need for reforms in electoral commissions. Additionally, FEFA also expressed serious concern over a number of professional and technical staff losing the electoral commissions. Over the last ten years, large amounts of money have been spent building technical and professional capacity of these staff. Thus, immediate dismissal of these technical staff is a big gap, which is difficult to be filled shortly.
Considering the situation and the concerns of Afghans, civil society and the members of parliament, FEFA present the following recommendations to the National Unity Government and the International Community:

FEFA

Kartee- 4 Hajari Najari Street, Behind Russian Cultural Institute, House#013

Tel:+93-799 -310664

Web site: www.fefa.org.af

    

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