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UNAMA hails announcement of presidential vote date

UNAMA hails announcement of presidential vote date

Aug 01, 2018 - 15:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Wednesday welcomed the Independent Election Commission’s (IECinfo-icon) announcement to hold the presidential election on April 20, 2019.

UN Secretary General Special Representatives for Afghanistan Tadamachi Yamamoto, called the presidential election announcement an importance step for democracy in the war-torn country.

A statement from UNAMA quoted Yamamoto as saying: “We urge all parties to perform their respective roles in order to ensure necessary timelines and conditions are met for credible presidential polls.”

More than 8.9 million Afghans, including over three million womeninfo-icon, have registered to vote in this year’s parliamentary and district council elections, and for the 2019 presidential ballot.

UNAMA said it expected a multi-layered and thorough verification process of registered voters in order for any irregularities to be addressed.

The mission said it was playing a strictly impartial role in supporting the electoral management bodies in the organisation of elections, as well as in strengthening the integrity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the process.

“UNAMA remains committed to working with Afghan institutions as they implement reforms to enhance transparency and build trust in Afghanistan’s democratic processes, including by promoting the participation of women as voters and as candidates.”

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