UN for credible mechanism to handle poll rifts
KABUL (PAN): The top United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan on Wednesday underlined the need for effective arrangements for inclusive presidential and provincial council elections, scheduled to be held next year.
The secretary general’s special representative, Jan Kubis, said: “The UN, which recently extended its mission in Afghanistan by another year, wants inclusive and transparent elections, as well as effective measures to prevent fraud.”
Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Jan Kubis said a draft election law currently being debated by the parliament should be approved soon to create an enabling environment for credible polls.
He promised the world body would support the process through capacity development of election workers, technical support to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), civic education for voters and measures to prevent fraud.
He said the international community would remain committed to the country in the lead-up to the 2014 election and during the Transformation Decade until 2024.
In his recent speech to the Security Council, the UN chief stressed the need for an agreement on an impartial and independent electoral dispute mechanism, the envoy recalled.
“Another core element Ban Ki-moon mentioned was the appointment of a respected, widely-accepted chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC),” he said.
“We are in touch with civil society organisations, political parties and other institutions involved in the election process. We listen to their comments regarding the election.” He explained the Afghan government would lead the process and the UN would only advise it.
Kubis welcomed President Hamid Karzai’s recent commitment to the establishment of an impartial and credible mechanism to address electoral complaints.
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