Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)
Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) was established in 2009 as an independent electoral observing organization aiming to observe the electoral processes to ensure the credibility and transparency of elections. Considering the significant role of the independent civil society organizations in the democratic process, TEFA believes that neutral observation missions help to boost the transparency of the electoral process. Democratic processes continue to be nascent in Afghanistan which requires committed contribution of civil society and government institutions to make it sustainable. Absences of visible local electoral observations have remained a challenge over the past four elections in Afghanistan. Hence, TEFA’s establishment has been an endeavor to fill in this gap and to encourage active civil society participation in every stage of the electoral process. TEFA conducted observation mission of the 2010 parliamentary and provincial council elections. Its observation covered 17 provinces of the country and released the results of its observations.