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UN welcomes announcement of initial Afghan election results

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KABUL: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement of the preliminary results for Afghanistan’s presidential election and commends the country’s electoral bodies – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) – for their work leading up to the announcement.

“On 28 September 2019, the citizens of Afghanistan braved security threats to cast their votes for a better future; those voters deserve to be commended for carrying out their civic duty,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Now, all Afghan authorities and actors must demonstrate their commitment to safeguard and complete the election, and to protect the integrity of the final stage of the process.”

Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA, added: “Any decisions taken by the electoral management bodies in the final stage of the process must have clear legal and technical justifications and should be explained to the people of Afghanistan in clear terms.”

The United Nations underscores the importance of an orderly process, conducted with particular care and sensitivity, leading up to the announcement of the final results, and reiterates that the election process is a joint responsibility of all stakeholders, including the electoral management bodies and the candidates, as well as media and civil society.

“All candidates have the chance to raise any concerns they may have through the appropriate mechanism and within the prescribed time, in accordance with the relevant legal frameworks, regulations and procedures,” said Yamamoto. “At the same time, the ECC has an obligation to adjudicate any complaints it receives transparently and thoroughly so the election process may conclude in a credible manner.”

As part of the mandate conferred on it by the Security Council, UNAMA provides support to Afghanistan’s electoral authorities and their work. In keeping with its mandate to advise the electoral authorities, UNAMA maintains strict impartiality in its respect for Afghanistan’s election law and all efforts to fight fraud. UNAMA will continue its work to support the electoral authorities, providing impartial and expert advice directed toward supporting a transparent and credible election process based on rule of law.

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