A Joint Press Release

February 4, 2018

Sunday – 4/2/2018

CSOs Concerns on Preparation’s for Next Elections and the Electoral Reforms

Afghan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are very concerned about the processes of Electoral Reforms and preparations for upcoming Elections, pointing to the below factors:

  • Draft proposals of the Special Electoral Reforms Commission’s or SERC on the amendment of Electoral laws, Selection Committee, Independency of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), voting system and other issues have been ignored by the National Unity Government.
  • The Electoral Law was amended by Government without consulting CSOs, Political Parties and other relevant stakeholders that is why now it constitutes obvious flaws.
  • The Selection process of Commissioners for the Electoral Commissions carried non-transparently under the influence of political groups. Eligible individuals were not allowed to make their way to (EMBs).
  • Differences among the Election commissioners on appointing senior Secretariat Staff of both Election Bodies have declined its credibility at the eyes of people.
  • No progress has been made in implementing important programs such as preparing voter’s list, balancing polling stations, splitting electoral constituencies and public awareness programs.
  • To date, no consultation is carried with political parties, CSOs and other relevant stakeholders on creating a political consensus in relation to Electoral reforms and getting readiness for upcoming Parliamentary and District Councils’ Elections.

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