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.”
In the meantime, regarding the announcement of the preliminary results for Afghanistan’s presidential election, the French embassy in Kabul said, “The electoral process must now be completed. All complaints must be adjudicated by the Electoral Complaints Commission, in full respect of the latter’s competences, prerogatives and independence.”
“A democratically elected president with a clear mandate from the people will have the necessary legitimacy to engage the Republic into inter-Afghan negotiations,” it added.
This comes as IEC in a press conference on Sunday announced the preliminary Presidential election results.
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The Presidential contender, Ashraf Ghani had come first with 923,868 votes, with 50.64 percent and his rival Abdullah Abdullah polled second with 39.52 percent, securing 720,099 votes.