UN links financial aid to inclusive electoral reforms
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN deputy special representative for Afghanistan has said that inclusive electoral reforms are prerequisite for financial and technical assistance of the UN to any future elections of Afghanistan.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN deputy special representative, expressed these views in a meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, a statement from Sapidar Palace said.
“Following UN assessment, the electoral reforms issue is a demand of all Afghans and also the people cannot trust the election process without reforms and fairness,” said Tadamichi.
He added the UN would also submit a set of suggestions for electoral reforms to the unity government.
“The issue of accountability for the past fraud is a major issue that the UN stresses and believes it would regain people’s trust on the electoral process,” he said, adding their assessment showed Afghans wanted those behind electoral fraud punished.
Tadamichi opined that strong political will by the leaders of the unity government for bringing about electoral reforms was imperative.
According to the statement, the CEO welcomed the UN’s stance on issues of reforms. He said: “Electoral reforms were a major point of agreements of the unity government and implementation of these reforms is a red line for me and people of Afghanistan.”
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