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IEC Rolls Out Database For Voter Registration

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has prepared the database for the voter registration process through which provincial heads of the institution can update data on a daily basis.

Before the database, the commission collected statistics on voter registration through emails and phone calls.

“The login password has been prepared for IEC offices in all 34 provinces and from now on, all provinces will access the system and enter the data,” election commissioner Maliha Hassan said on Saturday.

Hassan said only the number of voters who register in a day in a province will be added to the database but adding photographs from the voter registration books “is not possible right now due to slow internet services”.

“In the next step, books will be provided to district offices from which they will take pictures to enter it in the system,” she added.

Monitoring organizations said the commission has not paid the required attention to preparing the database for the process.

“The IEC still has the chance to expand the system to its website in order to bring more transparency to the process,” Yusuf Rasheed, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

“I call on political parties, civil society and all other organizations and people to reach a consensus and help the commission and the judicial organizations to act based on the law in case of any interference in the process,” said Mohammad Nateqi, a member of Wahdat-e-Islami Mardum-e-Afghanistan.

This comes after President Ashraf Ghani said at a ceremony on Saturday that elections must be transparent and fair.

“Elections must be transparent and fair. I make a commitment that the government does not interfere in the elections, but I ask that the House of Representatives do not interfere too,” Ghani said.

Ghani also said that he does not have any intention to stay in power once his term of office has ended.

“The presidential elections will be held in accordance with the constitution. I do not want to stay one day in this position without the will of the nation,” Ghani added.

Ghani said that five years of elections will be counted based on the constitution, not on the day he took an oath of allegiance.

IEC statistics show that 656,077 people have registered in the past 14 days across the country.

Kabul has been at the top of the list while Nuristan province, in the far east of Afghanistan, is at the bottom of the list with the lowest number of voters in the past two weeks.

IEC Rolls Out Database For Voter Registration

The election commission says initially the database will be updated every day by provincial offices of the institution.

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The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has prepared the database for the voter registration process through which provincial heads of the institution can update data on a daily basis.

Before the database, the commission collected statistics on voter registration through emails and phone calls.

“The login password has been prepared for IEC offices in all 34 provinces and from now on, all provinces will access the system and enter the data,” election commissioner Maliha Hassan said on Saturday.

Hassan said only the number of voters who register in a day in a province will be added to the database but adding photographs from the voter registration books “is not possible right now due to slow internet services”.

“In the next step, books will be provided to district offices from which they will take pictures to enter it in the system,” she added.

Monitoring organizations said the commission has not paid the required attention to preparing the database for the process.

“The IEC still has the chance to expand the system to its website in order to bring more transparency to the process,” Yusuf Rasheed, CEO of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

“I call on political parties, civil society and all other organizations and people to reach a consensus and help the commission and the judicial organizations to act based on the law in case of any interference in the process,” said Mohammad Nateqi, a member of Wahdat-e-Islami Mardum-e-Afghanistan.

This comes after President Ashraf Ghani said at a ceremony on Saturday that elections must be transparent and fair.

“Elections must be transparent and fair. I make a commitment that the government does not interfere in the elections, but I ask that the House of Representatives do not interfere too,” Ghani said.

Ghani also said that he does not have any intention to stay in power once his term of office has ended.

“The presidential elections will be held in accordance with the constitution. I do not want to stay one day in this position without the will of the nation,” Ghani added.

Ghani said that five years of elections will be counted based on the constitution, not on the day he took an oath of allegiance.

IEC statistics show that 656,077 people have registered in the past 14 days across the country.

Kabul has been at the top of the list while Nuristan province, in the far east of Afghanistan, is at the bottom of the list with the lowest number of voters in the past two weeks.

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