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ETWA Press Statement on Voting Process of 2018 Parliamentary Elections

February 5, 2019

Remarkably high turnout in 2018 Parliamentary Elections in spite of security threats and current political tensions in the country show the citizens commitment to democracy. ETWA would like to express its appreciation to the voters, candidates, observer groups and media that played a vital role in encouraging citizens participation in elections, public awareness, ensuring transparency and inclusiveness of the process.

ETWA observers in addition to noting high turnout, reported a great deal of irregularities resulting from mismanagement of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) that was noticed in a considerable number of polling centers covered. This questions the IEC and government commitment towards practicing democracy in the country.

Administration of Elections

Administrative and management irregularities have been reported by ETWA observers from a great number of polling centers covered during opening and even voting of elections. Most of the polling centers mentioned kicked off with delay due to either shortage of electoral materials or absence of polling staff.

Bio metric System

Usage of bio metric system on election day did not gain optimal result in a remarkable number of polling centers observed as there are reports of malfunction or unfamiliarity of the IEC staff with the system. As a result, voting in the mentioned centers was undertaken without using bio metric system.

Voter List

ETWA observers noticed irregularities in preparation and distribution of voters lists as some centers lacked this list, some voters could not find their name in the lists and some lists appear to mistakenly distributed. Problems with voter lists caused voting to be undertaken based on the stickers of the voters’ ID (Tazkera) contrary to voting procedures.

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