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UN stresses fair adjudication of complaints

UN stresses fair adjudication of complaints

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May 20, 2014 - 17:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations top diplomat in Afghanistaninfo-icon on Tuesday called for swift and transparent adjudication of complaints about the preliminary results from the April 5 provincial council elections.

“It is now extremely important that the IECC continues to carry out its obligations to address complaints … in an expeditious and transparent manner,” said the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš.

The candidates must also display patience and respect the process, he said while welcoming the release of the outcome by the Independent Election Commission.

In a statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kubiš called the provincial councils constitutionally-mandated bodies and an important element of Afghan democracy, extending the principle of democracy from Kabul to the provinces.

“Real community engagement was seen in the provincial council elections, which positively contributed to a high level of participation in the 2014 elections,” he added.

The IECinfo-icon is scheduled to announce the final certified provincial council election results on June 7 after the adjudication of the complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

The mission noted that all electoral complaints should be addressed to the legal institutions authorised to adjudicate them.

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