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Men voted on women’s behalf in Nangarhar: TEFA

Men voted on women’s behalf in Nangarhar: TEFA

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Dec 31, 2016 - 16:14

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) has launched awareness campaign in eastern Nangarhar province about the next parliamentary and district council elections.

The group has been working in cooperation with civil society activists to increase public awareness about elections in order people use their votes properly.

At a press conference in Jalalabad, FEFA’s programmes and public awareness in-charge, Mobinullah Aiymaq, on Saturday said they were training different civil society groups how to monitor elections.

He said Nangarhar’s women had issues with regard to casting their votes. He said men performed proxy voting for their women in previous elections. The shortage of female monitors was another major problem.

Aiymaq He hoped female monitors trained by them would work to ensure transparency in new elections in order to prove women’s right to vote.

Qazi Lodin, an advisor to TEFA, said they had launched efforts at strengthening election observation and had launched public awareness programmes.

“We are spreading awareness about next elections with the help of civil society, so people give votes to those they see capable.”

Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) head Dr. Naimatullah Hamdard, speaking on behalf of civil society groups, asked the electoral bodies to pave the way women’s participation in monitoring elections.

He also called on the unity government leaders to begin the process of distributing computerized identity cards for the sake of transparency in the next elections.

A civil society activist, Sidiqa Jahanyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the lack of transparency in previous elections eroded people’s trust in the democratic exercise. He hoped their efforts would help restore people’s interest in elections

“The government and electoral bodies should ensure rigging-free elections. Civil society organizations should observe elections; it may encourage people to take part.”

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