Efforts began for Voters registration and Biometric systems

Afghan Elections Biometric

A man places his finger on a biometric machine at a voting center in Kabul before casting his ballot in the country's parliamentary elections on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Voting at the center was extended from Election Day on Saturday, partly because of problems with the machines. PHILLIP WALTER WELLMAN/STARS AND STRIPES

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) says it is set to begin the process of enrolling voters by biometrics on 10 May.

Officials in the commission add that this institution is trying to register the biometrics of voters online.

Based on the electoral law, the process of enrolling voters and voting on Election Day must be done by employing biometric recognition devices.

However, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said that there has not yet been a contract with any domestic or foreign company.

An election official scans a voter’s eye with a biometric device at a polling station during a parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

“If institutions or companies that can do this make it an Internet platform across the whole of Afghanistan, we can use biometric technology online,” said Abdul Aziz Ebrahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Independent Election Commission.

Presidential elections, Provincial Councils and the House of Representatives of Ghazni Province are scheduled to take place on August 28, 2019.

The election commission has committed itself to changing the electoral system from the unconstitutional vote to the transferable vote. However, the supervisory authorities are not very hopeful that this work will be feasible.

Marwa Amini, spokesperson for the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, said, “The changes that came to the law, that is, on the election that we have ahead, were not feasible. The commission does not have the capacity to carry out the elections on the 28th of august, using RDA “.”

Of course, there are concerns that electoral commissions cannot implement their law on their work.


Afghans prevented from voting on Election Day because of technical and organizational problems at their polling center in Kabul vote a day later on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
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“The task of electoral commissions is to regulate elections and make better preparations for transparent elections,” said Naim Ayubzadeh, head of the Transparent Election Foundation in Afghanistan.

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Meanwhile, a number of citizens, as well as electoral observatories, say that if electoral commissions are not capable of operating transparent and fine elections, applying the regulations they suggest.

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