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The presidential elections will be conducted on September 28, 2019. To ensure transparency of the elections, regulated presence of monitors (political parties and candidate agents), observers (election-related CSOs and international entities) and mass media in elections is important. Only accredited monitoring and observer entities and mass media can monitor and observe electoral processes and can prepare a report on them. According to article 19.1.10 of the Election Law, the Independent Election Commission (hereinafter the Commission) issues accreditation letter to monitors, observers and media. The requirements of issuing accreditation letters to the mentioned entities are envisaged in the accreditation regulation and procedure. These requirements include: 

A)   Requirements for issuance of accreditation letter to candidates

The Commission prepares and prints accreditation letter for the candidates who are included on the final list of candidates and awards it stamped and signed by the Commission to the candidate or his/her designated representative. The candidates who receive the accreditation letter have the right to assign their monitors for monitoring of the electoral process according to the Commission’s regulations and procedures. 

B)   Requirements for issuance of accreditation letter to political parties

Accreditation letters to monitors (political parties) are issued according to the requirements mentioned in the accreditation regulation and procedures. These requirements include the following:

  1. Submitting a written application (to get the monitoring accreditation letter) and which shall be signed by leader of the party or his/her authorized representative;
  2. Submitting the valid registration documents of the political party with more than 6 months validity; and
  3. Filling and signing Form 01 and the relevant code of conduct. Form 01 contains information on the political party.

C)   Requirements for issuance of accreditation letter to observers

Accreditation letter to observers (election-related CSOs and international entities) is issued according to the requirements mentioned in the accreditation regulation and procedures. These requirements include the following:

  1. Submitting a written application (to get the observation accreditation letter) and which shall be signed by head of the entity or his/her authorized representative;
  2. Submitting the valid documents of registration with the Ministry of Justice, Information and Culture, and Economy with more than 6 months validity; and
  3. Filling and signing Form 01 and the relevant code of conduct and the affidavit prepared by the Commission. Form 01 contains information on the observer entity;
  4. The constitution of the observer entity shall have envisaged elections, democracy, human rights, political participation of women, disabled and minorities as one of its working areas;
  5. Shall have a special publication or website and one or more positions in its organigram for observing elections;
  6. The entity that has received accreditation letter during the last elections shall have submitted the observation report. If it has not submitted the report, shall provide it to the Commission during submitting the application for accreditation; and
  7. International observers shall provide a valid visa of staying in Afghanistan and work permit (if any) .

D)   Requirements for issuance of accreditation letter to media

Accreditation letter to mass media is issued according to the requirements mentioned in the accreditation regulation and procedures. These requirements include the following:

  1. Submitting a written application (to get the accreditation letter for preparing a report) and which shall be signed by head of the media entity or his/her authorized representative;
  2. Submitting the valid documents of registration with the Ministry of Information and Culture; and
  3. Filling and signing Form 01 and the relevant code of conduct. Form 01 contains information on the media entity.

Monitoring and observer entities and mass media can apply for the accreditation letter in person to the Legal Dept of the Commission or its provincial offices or online using this link: http://hq.iec.org.af/accreditation  

Foreign journalists, special guests and international observers can request the ID Cards in person or online from the External Relations Department of the Commission’s secretariat.

Filling and signing Form 01 and the relevant code of conduct. Form 01 contains information on the media entity. 

The process of application for issuing of accreditation letter

  1. Submitting a written application and the necessary documents for obtaining accreditation letter. Filling and signing of Form 01 and the relevant code of conduct is a must. Observer and monitoring organization shall also sign the affidavit.
  2. Verification of the documents of the applicants and ensuring their completeness. In case of incomplete documents, the entity is requested to complete the documents and provide them to the Commission.
  3. The applicants’ documents are presented to the Commission’s meeting for verification and making decision to issue or not issue accreditation letters. Issuing or not issuing accreditation take place according to the pre-determined requirements.
  4. Preparing accreditation for eligible applicants. In this stage, the relevant sections will prepare the accreditation letter and will award it to the relevant entity after signing by the Commission’s chairperson.
  5. At the same time with issuing accreditation, the online accreditation system will create a unique user account and a password for the applicant entity. Using this user account, the accredited entity will enter to the system the details of its representative (monitors, observers, reporters and coordinators) in the system and prepare and print the cards of monitoring, observation or preparation of report.
  6. The accredited entity shall refer to the HQ in Kabul (the relevant section or Kabul provincial office) and to provincial offices of the Commission in provinces for having the printed cards certified and stamped. These cards are deemed valid after certified by the designated staff according to the relevant procedures and are distributed by the respective entities to their representatives.
  7. The Commission prints, certifies and stamps the ID cards of (individual) international observers.
  8. The accreditation letter and ID cards are valid only for the presidential elections unless otherwise decided by the Commission.

Relevant documents

The accreditation regulation and procedures, the ID Card issuance guideline, the technical guideline on using the system of accreditation letter and ID Card are the documents relevant to issuance of accreditation letter and ID Card to monitors, observers and special guests.