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IECC terms civil society’s role important in electoral process

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) termed the role of civil society important in the election process, saying that without their cooperation, transparence in election is not possible.

“Civil society is playing the role of eyes for the commission,” the IECC chief, Abdul Aziz Aryayi said in a joint meeting with civil society institutes’ members.

“It is not possible to have a transparence election without cooperation of civil activists,” he added.

Ali Reza Rohani, IECC spokesman and secretary, said, “In order to have a fraud-free election, the observation of civil society is a must.”

He called on civil society to make efforts in cementing people’s trust in the commission, and urged them to fairly treat the IECC.

Calling transparency, independence and impartiality as key points of the election process, Rohani said, “Besides the electoral law, the presence of transparent and independent election institutes is another principle.”

Moreover, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA)’s programs director, Mohammad Naim Asgari, criticized the IECC for not sharing the list of workers to the public in the past. “I want the current composition to share their list with the people for better transparency.”

Furthermore, he asked the IECC not to play a symbolic role in observing the election process, but accurately monitor it.

Presenting in the meeting, Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) representative Sughra Saadat, said civil body and media outlets should act in coordination.

While terming the civil society activist’s role important in IECC decision, she said, “An agreement between civil society institutes and the IECC is needed on clearing responsibility.”

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