UN urges respect for election process in Afghanistan

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Ján Kubiš (right) Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

The candidates and their supporters in Afghanistan's presidential elections held on Saturday have been urged to respect the work of the country's two electoral institutions.

The appeal was made on Tuesday by the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubiš as vote counting is underway.

Mr. Kubiš met with the chairpersons of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday.

The top UN envoy in Afghanistan commended the work of the IEC and IECC on their preparations for the elections and the improved process on Election Day.

Mr. Kubiš said they provided the Afghan people with the opportunity to show their determination to vote.

He stressed the importance of protecting the impartiality and credibility of the election process so that the millions of ballots cast by voters can be translated into a legitimate outcome that is broadly accepted by the Afghan people.

The UN envoy also counselled the candidates against making premature announcements based on unofficial counts, which could lead to confusion.

Preliminary results are expected to be made public by the IEC on 24 April and the final results announced on 14 May, after the formal adjudication of all complaints.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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