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Voters’ registration for parliamentary electionsVoters’ registration for parliamentary elections

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Voters’ registration for parliamentary electionsVoters’ registration for parliamentary elections
As a post-conflict country, Afghanistan experienced its first democratic elections in 2004 and 2005, with overwhelming support from the international community. However, the electoral system still needs to be developed in order to ensure transparency. The government and the international community need to make profound changes to widely revive the credibility of the electoral system.
During a video-conference with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and provincial election Commissions chiefs, Gulajan Abdul Badai Sayyad, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said the voter registration process would be launched on April 14 and the commission had accelerated its efforts to hold free, fair and transparent polls.He added the voters’ registration would be completed in two phases – first in cities and the second phase in districts centers and villages.Meanwhile President Ghani has directed provincial security and administrative officials to take necessary measures for implementation of the voter registration process to be kicked off today(Saturday, April 14.) The president also discussed the voter registration launch with governors of 34 provinces, commanders of military corps; zonal police chiefs, brigades, intelligence officials and heads of zonal IEC officials through the video conference.The president asked officials to make full preparations for the voters’ registration process and encourage the masses to take part in the process.Security has remained a serious challenge that greatly influences the election results, given the presence of the terrorist groups in many parts of the country, including the North of Afghanistan. But President Ghani has time and again insisted that security would be provided to all voting centers and has recently instructed all the security entities in the capital Kabul and other provinces to spare no efforts in ensuring security to voting centers and the voter registration centers.If the Independent Elections Commissions’ plan bring about necessary changes to the election process and prevent the fraud, then it could improve the overall electoral performance and might present some hopes to Afghanistan’s polity and meanwhile democratic path to the future could be cleared and a new horizon of hope for a better future and democratic Afghanistan will be opened to its citizens.Meanwhile the characteristic of democracy keeps the door open for all sides to take part in democratic processes for both liberal and traditional groups pursuing their own agenda. Taking part in elections to vote for a desired candidate sans any fraud and meddling indeed ensures democracy and would improve legitimacy of the process.Democracy may sustain its path in Afghanistan if traditional religious groups have a moderate interpretation from Islamic teachings and compromise on shared values of Islam and democracy instead of focusing on controversial issues.