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IEC Instigates Election Observers` Registration Process

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Sunday, May 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has expressed hope that nearly three hundred thousand observing institutions which also include individuals and media will monitor transparency and legitimacy of the next presidential elections in 2014.
IEC officials have emphasized monitoring of election process by national and international observers and media would have constructive impacts on holding the next presidential and provincial councils` elections in free fair and transparent manner and with consideration of the upper requisite and the IEC has asked domestic and foreign institutions to register name with the concerned organ as soon as possible. Talking on the matter, Noor Muhammad Noor, a spokesman to the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) told media that the IEC is fully prepared of facilitate these observer teams in center and provinces of the country to monitor the electoral process and media after registering their names with the IEC would be provided access to all polling stations around the country for reporting purposes. In the elections held in 2009 and 2010, more than three hundred thousand foreign and domestic representatives who also included media outlets had registered their names to monitor the polling process and the IEC hopes that this number is increased in the upcoming presidential contest in 2014, said Noor Muhammad Noor spokesman to the independent election commission of Afghanistan. It`s expected that the next presidential and provincial council election is held on 16th Hamal 1393 and according to the IEC apprehensions also exist that some international observer team wouldn’t be able to travel to insecure provinces of the country for monitoring of the election process. Noor Muhammad Noor said that the IEC has submitted its recommendations and plans to the security institutions of the country to ensure protection of election observers throughout the country. Talking in the topic, FIFA chairman Jandad Spinghar told media that the IEC should send invitation to international observers to monitor the next elections and the fundamental issue is that government of Afghanistan should formulate comprehensive security measures to provide protection to the voters to cast ballots under peaceful environment and up to 10,000 observers were needed to monitor the next elections across the country. The independent election commission of Afghanistan IEC has invited international observers as a time after the House of Representatives expelled memberships of two foreign officials in the formation of Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan IEC while some political factions have expressed doubts over riggings and frauds like the previous election process. Meanwhile, national of the country have expressed optimism to cast ballots in the upcoming elections to contribute in the future destiny of the country by casting their votes. This came after Afghanistan has experienced three rounds of presidential and parliamentary elections since start of international mission in the country in 2001.

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