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IEC urged to bring reforms to ensure vote transparency

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The European Union has asked Afghanistan’s election commissions to take more action and bring more reforms to assure the transparency of the upcoming parliamentary polls, TOLONews reported.

The reforms in electoral process should be done in a way that all the 35 million population of the country will accept the result, said Pierre Mayaudon, the EU Ambassador to Kabul.

“Biometric has been gained, recently discussed, and might be some progress on that front. But this must come in addition to so many other verification measures, actions that are meant to bring transparency to the elections to make them acceptable by 35 million Afghans,” the EU envoy said.

A number of political parties said the election commission so far has not chosen any proper approach on how to use the biometric devices on the election day.

Officials from the Great Coalition of Afghanistan said in a number of province women will not accept to let the election commission employees to record their pictures in the devices therefore,  they said a procedure should be made in this regard.

“A number of our sisters in provinces will not remove their veils to let their pictures be recorded in the devices; therefore, a procedure is needed for this issue,” said Fazl Rahman Oria, member of coalition.

 The political parties said they are worried about lack of awareness on the use biometric system.

In response to the remarks, the Independent Election Commission said they have trained 250 employees on use of biometric devices who will train more employees in provinces.

“We have trained 250 employees and these employees will train teams of 20individuals in provinces,” said Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, deputy spokesman of the election commission.

The upcoming parliamentary elections will be held on October 20 in over 5,100 polling centers across the country.

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