UN Urges Afghan Authorities to Safeguard, Complete Election Process

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has urged the Afghan authorities to safeguard, complete the election, and to protect the integrity of the process, especially with regard to tabulating and announcing the results.

“All Afghan authorities and actors – including the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), political parties, the government, candidates and their supporters – must demonstrate their commitment to safeguard and complete the election”, UNAMA said in a press release.

According to the press release, UNAMA called on IEC and ECC to ensure all stakeholders understand the tally process, including by explaining the process in clear and definitive terms.

“All stakeholders to have an accurate understanding of the tallying process before making comments and all stakeholders share responsibility for the credibility of the elections”, it said.

The press release added that the UN has taken note that the Afghan electoral authorities have put in place numerous anti-fraud measures to ensure transparency, and encourages observer organizations, political parties, candidates and voters to play an active, informed and constructive role to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process as votes are tallied.

It emphasized that any citizen suspecting or witnessing fraud has a civic obligation to file a complaint with the relevant Afghan authorities, especially the Electoral Complaints Commission.

“Where credible allegations are made, Afghan law enforcement agencies should investigate expeditiously and, where appropriate, detain and prosecute those responsible.”

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