World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UN Welcomes Release Of Full Results In Afghan Vote

Senior UN Official Welcomes Release Of Full Preliminary Results In Afghan Vote

New York, Apr 26 2014 2:00PM

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan is urging all presidential candidates and their supporters to display respect for the electoral process and the national electoral institutions after today's release of the full preliminary results from the 5 April poll.

"The Afghan electoral institutions should be commended for their work to make the process more transparent than ever before," Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš said in a <'http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=12254&ctl=Details&mid=15756&ItemID=37927&language=en-US'>statement.

Mr. Kubiš, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), said the electoral institutions should also be commended for their efforts "to protect the integrity of the election process and the votes of the people" while "doing their utmost to work in accordance with the electoral timetable".

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced today's preliminary result, which will not be finalized until the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) investigates fraud complaints. The IEC will then announce the final results, likely in mid-May.

The UN senior official commended the IEC for its "serious effort to separate clean from fraudulent votes" before releasing the preliminary results.

As they stand now, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is in the lead with around 45 per cent of vote, followed by former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who garnered around 32 per cent of the ballots. If neither candidate gets a majority, Afghan electoral law requires a run-off.

"It is now of fundamental importance that the IECC continues to carry out its obligations to address complaints, notably related to the preliminary results in a professional, expeditious and open manner," Mr. Kubiš said.

The IEC and IECC need to closely coordinate their work to ensure that credible complaints are properly handled and that the integrity of the electoral process is safeguarded, he stressed.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO: