UN pledges support to completion of election audit in Afghanistan

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Mr. Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan. Photo by Fraidoon Poya

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has pledged its support for the auditing of the votes from the June 14 presidential run-off election in the country.

This follows the decision of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, one of the presidential candidates, to withdraw from the process.

The audit is aimed at resolving a dispute which was sparked by the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July.

The UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom expressed the UN's regret at the decision of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

"The UN and its international partners will redouble their work with the Afghan electoral authorities to support the completion of a strong audit at the earliest time. We are conscious of the need to respond to two contradictory pressures: on the one hand, to maintain the integrity and thoroughness of the audit and on the other hand, to expedite the process. Afghans are understandably impatient for a result."(26")

According to UNAMA, after a pause on Wednesday morning, the audit resumed in the afternoon in the presence of UN experts, representatives of the Independent Election Commission, as well as international and national observers.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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