Partial results only a first snapshot: Kubis
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday welcomed the announcement of the first batch of partial results, which the mission noted were only a small proportion of the millions of ballots cast.
The UN mission in a statement said the announcement based on 10 percent of votes tallied in 26 provinces in a week’s time after the vote was a real logistical achievement.
"While today’s release of partial results is a welcome step in the process, it only provides a first snapshot that will regularly be updated by the IEC until all result forms from every polling station have been tabulated and verified,” said UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA Ján Kubiš.
“Until the final results are announced by the IEC, stakeholders should be careful in drawing premature conclusions so as not to create inaccurate expectations," he said, and urged presidential candidates and their supporters to display patience while vote tallying was completed.
Full preliminary results covering the entire country are scheduled to be announced by the IEC on 24 April. Following that, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) will adjudicate complaints regarding the preliminary results.
Only after the adjudication of these complaints is completed will the IEC announce the final results, scheduled to take place on May 14.
Kubiš reiterated that under Afghan law, the IEC and IECC were responsible for the management, adjudication and release of official results from the elections.
He called upon all stakeholders to respect these institutions' independence and mandated authority as they complete the important task.
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