IRI President Testifies on Importance of Credible Elections in Afghanistan
As the U.S. government continues to formulate its policy regarding the outcome of the current political situation, Craner recommended the following four principles:
- Legitimacy precedes capacity. The critical work of strengthening governance at the district, provincial, parliamentary and central government levels can only be successful if Afghans believe their officials are legitimately elected.
- Rule of law must prevail in the elections. Due process provisions to adjudicate electoral irregularities prescribed in Afghanistan’s Electoral Law must be complied with to reach a legitimate outcome.
- If needed, an interim leader must be selected through a transparent mechanism acceptable to the Afghan people. The Afghanistan constitution does not establish a clear process to identify an interim leader in the event a protracted adjudication of electoral complaints ensues.
- Post-election environment must focus on good governance. Election of legitimate leaders is only a first step and must be followed with a competence to govern by addressing the needs of the Afghan population.