UNAMA welcomes final list of candidates for 2014 Afghan elections

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Ján Kubiš

The final list of candidates for Afghanistan's 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections was announced Wednesday by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan.

And the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement and the timely completion of the adjudication of complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš said “The completion of the candidate nomination period marks another important step for the Afghan people in the process of electing the country’s next leader and Provincial Councils.”

He also wished the 11 Presidential candidates and the 2,713 Provincial Council candidates, which includes 308 women, a productive and fair campaign.

He said "The candidates and their supporters bear the responsibility of fully upholding Afghan electoral laws and other relevant electoral provisions, as well as international standards for peaceful, transparent, credible, inclusive and fair elections."

Special representative Ján Kubiš also urges "the Afghan electoral and state bodies, and the candidates and their teams, to take all measures to ensure the election process and their conduct are marked by the highest degree of integrity, free from internal and external interference and fraud – all of which are so important for the acceptance and legitimacy of the outcome of the elections.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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