People’s Trust Depends on IEC Performance: UN Envoy

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, visited the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul to review officials working to tabulate and verify Afghanistan’s presidential election.

“People’s trust depends on electoral bodies’ performance,” Yamamoto said.

He indicated that transparency is vital and urged candidate agents and observers to view the tallying and other processes at the IEC.

Yamamoto noted that ownership of the election process is the responsibility of the election commissions and they have the support of the International Community.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the election commission, Hawa Alam Nuristani praised the international community’s cooperation and said that 98% of the presidential election process had been successful and the counting process slowed due to communication problems in some provinces.

Nuristani called on the international community’s support valuable for election process and called on candidates to avoid prejudice and respect the commission’s results.

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