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ETWA Press Statement on Opening of 2018 Parliamentary Elections

February 7, 2019
Press Release
20 Oct, 2018

Elections and Transparency Watch Organization of Afghanistan welcomes commencement of 2018 Parliamentary Elections and would like to express its sincere gratitude to the electoral bodies, national security forces, people of Afghanistan, CSOs, media, political parties and other stakeholders for administering and supporting this national process. ETWA observers reported considerable turnout particularly in the cities that demonstrates increased political knowledge and commitment of the
citizens. Preliminary findings of ETWA observers show a number of administrative and management shortcomings in the opening process that created concerns among the citizens to potentially impact the remainder of the process. Delays in opening a remarkable number of polling centers, absence of polling staff and lack of electoral materials have been observed by ETWA observers. Further, serious issues were reported from usage and effectiveness of bio-metric system as well as voter lists. Imposing limitations on observers contrary to Observes Code of Conduct like banning observers from carrying cell phone in some polling centers will affect effective and impartial reporting by observer groups.

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