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IEC Declines to Extend Voter Registration

August 15, 2010

In a press release distributed to electoral stakeholders last night, the Independent Election Commission announced that it has declined to extend the process of voter registration for the 2010 parliamentary elections:

The Independent Election Commission, considering the ordinances of the Constitution and articles of the Electoral Law, has the responsibility of managing and supervising electoral processes across the country; considering the big responsibility, the IEC has always done its best efforts to provide its countrymen and women with the necessary facilities for the purpose of their active participation as both candidates and voters. The IEC, through approval of 2010 Wolesi Jirga Elections timeline, made a decision on 03rd June, 2010 to apply renewal of voter registration on provincial levels from 12th June, 2010 to 12th August, 2010 for two months; following this, the Commission, in a meeting held on 14th July, 2010, verified the issue of voter registration and then decided as follows:

(As the Voter Registration Process was already applied extensively throughout the country for Presidential and Provincial Councils’ Elections of 2009, by taking into consideration the operational plan of 2010 Wolesi Jirga Elections and not of the having the required technical facilities and sufficient budget, increasing the Voter Registration Centers and dispatching the Mobile Voter Registration Teams is far from possibility.)

The Electoral Complaints Commission, through an official letter has recently requested the IEC to increase Voter Registration Teams and if possible to extend the process; the IEC, in deference to the reasons of ECC, based on the increase of Voter Registration Teams and extension of the process, but by taking note of the decisions made already and the electoral timeline, officially announces the completion of the Voter Registration Process on country level.

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