UN deplores violence over audit of Afghanistan vote

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The United Nations has deplored the violence that took place on Tuesday between representatives of the campaign teams over the ongoing audit of the Afghan vote.

Clashes between supporters of Dr Abdullah Abdullah's campaign team and workers from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) left several people hurt at the audit centre compound in Kabul.

Dr Abdullah Abdullah is one of the presidential candidates.

The UN Special Envoy in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, called on all parties engaged in the process to conduct themselves with professionalism and treat each other with respect.

He also welcomed the agreement to establish a joint-committee to investigate Tuesday evening's incident.

More than 12,000 of the 22,828 ballot boxes have to date been audited under the UN-supervised process, with national partners backed by more than 150 UN experts.

Meanwhile, UNAMA has expressed concern over the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.

Mr Rosenberg is being expelled from Afghanistan within 24 hours for failing to reveal the names of Afghan officials anonymously quoted in an article he authored on Tuesday.

The UN Mission is urging the Afghan authorities to review their actions in accordance with due process, domestic laws and the international obligations of Afghanistan to safeguard media freedoms in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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