UN trying to find donors for Afghan elections, CEO told
This was stated by UNDP administrator Helen Clark during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, a statement from the CEO’s office said.
The meeting between Abdullah and Clark discussed strengthening local governance in Afghanistan and finding donors to financially support the country’s parliamentary elections.
Clark said Afghanistan had achieved significant development during the past few years and hoped they would contribute to the development with continued and further assistance.
She said they had devised programmes in coordination with Afghan departments concerned for strengthening local governance and narrowing the gap between the people and the government. the programmes would be initiated soon, she said.
She also said the UN was in contact with partners and donor countries provide funds for Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections.
The elections to Wolesi Jirga and district council are estimated to cost about $120 million and the Independent Election Commission says it has not yet received the required funding.
For his part, Abdullah said the Electoral Reform Commission was advancing its affairs in an effective way and the unity government was busy firming up dates for the elections that would follow electoral reform.
Meanwhile, the deputy foreign minister of Norway called on Abdullah. The visiting dignitary pledged long-term Norwegian assistance to Afghanistan, a separate statement from the CEO office said.
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