UN Notes Change in Presidential Election Date, Urges IEC to Release New Calendar

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a statement to note the announcement by Afghan electoral authorities for the presidential election to be held in July 2019. The statement confirms that UNAMA welcomes the clarity in the electoral calendar by IEC.

The statement added “The United Nations understands that the new date announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) follows consultations with a broad range of political actors, civil society organizations, and the Government of Afghanistan, all of whom have expressed the strong desire for a credible and transparent presidential election”.

The United Nations thus acknowledged the IEC’s assessment for the additional time needed in order to learn from the experience of 2018 parliamentary elections and prepare better.

United Nations has encouraged the IEC to publish the detailed election calendar and provide regular public updates throughout the process.

The United Nations also expressed that the presidential election is critical to the future of Afghanistan, and its mismanagement would be unacceptable.

Finally the statement said “The United Nations urges the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) to focus on its mandated role of investigating and adjudicating complaints arising from the parliamentary elections. All actors with credible and grounded concerns about irregularities and fraud should submit complaints to the ECC in keeping with Afghanistan’s electoral laws and constitution. No one has the right to disrupt the electoral process and the country’s stability through incitement or threats”.
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