The 2014 elections are at the forefront of political life in Afghanistan: UN envoy

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Jan Kubiš

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has stressed the importance of timely elections for stable leadership transition in the country.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country.

He told the Council that significant progress has been made in technical preparations for the elections in the last three months.

Mr. Kubiš said this includes passage of two key laws, appointments to the two independent electoral management bodies and rollout of district-level voter registration update.

"The 2014 elections remain at the forefront of political life in Afghanistan.  More broadly, a stable leadership transition through timely elections in accordance with the Constitution is central to everything else to be achieved. President Karzai recently again emphasized that polls will be held, recognizing that 'retaining power without elections will raise questions about the systems’ legitimacy’". (29")

Mr. Kubiš said that with the launch of candidate registration earlier this week, the political contest is formally underway.

However, he added, "there is increasing concern over the slow progress in creating an appropriate legal framework for the media, especially in this election period."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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