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UNAMA welcomes election date announcement

UNAMA welcomes election date announcement

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Jun 23, 2017 - 00:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Thursday welcomed the Independent Election Commission’s announcement to hold parliamentary and district council elections on July 7, 2018.

 “The people of Afghanistan have made clear their desire for credible, inclusive elections,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, was quoted as saying in  a statement.

“We welcome the IECinfo-icon’s commitment to a realistic date for holding parliamentary and district council elections, and to an improved and transparent electoral process.”

Under Resolution 2344 (2017), the (UN) Security Council requested UNAMA to support Afghan authorities in the organization of elections, the statement said.

Supporting strong and independent electoral management bodies will be a key feature of these efforts in the lead up to elections.

The statement said the UN mission remained committed to working with Afghan institutions as they implemented reforms to enhance transparency and build trust in Afghanistan’s democratic processes.

“UNAMA encourages the Commission, Afghanistan’s political leaders and civil societyinfo-icon to unite their efforts in preparing credible parliamentary and district council elections in 2018.”

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