October 15, 2018
The European Union-funded European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) held a roundtable inviting heads of a number of media outlets in Kabul to discuss matters related to the October 20 legislative elections.
Representatives from major radio, television, print and online media including the Ariana News, Killid Radio, Pajhwok News Agency, the state-run Radio Television of Afghanistan, Salam Watandar Radio, Shamshad TV, ToloNews and 8 am Daily Newspaper as well as participated in the roundtable, according to a statement issued by the ECES, adding that directors of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), commissioner-spokesman for the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), chairman and deputy of the media committee of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and a deputy spokesperson of the IEC participated.
The roundtable focused on the current media coverage of the electoral campaigns, the candidates’ access to media, impartiality and accuracy of information, violence and insecurity, media legal obligation and ethics, challenges facing the closing of campaigns, silent period, Election Day, and counting and complaint period until final results, the statement highlighted.
The ECES-PROSES’ electoral expert gave a keynote presentation on electoral integrity and media importance to promote credible and transparent elections.
The Brussels-based European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) is a non-profit private foundation with a global remit. ECES promotes sustainable democratic development through the provision of advisory services, operational support and management of large projects in the electoral and democracy assistance field. ECES is operating in Afghanistan since last July the fully EU-funded project PROSES (Project in Support of Enhanced Sustainability and Electoral Integrity). This 18-month technical assistance project is supporting the 2018 Parliamentary elections through a series of ongoing trainings and capacity building activities focused on democracy and election stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the media. ECES, which will also support the 2019 Presidential election, has implemented project in 35 countries since its establishment in 2010.