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UN for Afghan solution to institutional impasse

UN for Afghan solution to institutional impasse

Jun 28, 2011 - 18:51

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistaninfo-icon, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday met with several representatives of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidates backed by the court set up to examine electoral complaints.  

They presented what they felt were clear cases of fraud in the September 2010 polls and emphasized the importance of adhering to the rule of law, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.
Referring to the finality of results certified by the Independent Electoral Commission (IECinfo-icon), as welcomed by the Security Council on Dec. 22, 2010, de Mistura explained that the United Nations supported elections as part of the democratic process in Afghanistan and was not involved in addressing individual cases.  
"As such UNAMA supports Afghanistan’s constitutionally mandated institutions, which includes the electoral bodies and their constitutional authority on electoral matters," the statement said.
UNAMA recalls its statement of January 25 affirming the right of the judiciary to prosecute exclusively individual criminal cases pursuant to Afghan current applicable law without prejudice to due process and relevant immunities covered by Constitutional provisions. 
De Mistura reiterated his previous statement to parliamentarians calling on all parties to conduct themselves responsibly, using only political means and taking every step to avoid public unrest.  
“In this critical moment for Afghanistan’s democratic governance, it is essential that Afghans themselves reach a political solution to this institutional impasse underpinned by the Constitution and democratic principles and move forward,” he concluded.


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