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UK announces £8 million financial contribution for presidential elections

UK announces £8 million financial contribution for presidential elections

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Aug 15, 2019 - 14:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) will make available up to £8 million to the UN Electoral Support Programme, which provides technical support to Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Independent Electoral Bodies.

This includes a planned contribution of £4 million to support preparations for the Presidential election.

British Ambassador, Alison Blake said: “I am pleased that through this contribution the UK can continue to support Afghanistan’s democratic process. The UK strongly supports elections in Afghanistan in order that the Afghan people can have their rightful say in the future of their country.”

“The UK reiterates the importance of credible Presidential elections taking place. Timely elections are another step towards a more stable and democratic future for Afghanistan. I welcome the Afghan Government’s own financial commitments to the electoral process, which is key to long term sustainability, as well as the contributions from the international community,” the envoy said.

The UK, along with others in the international community, supports the Afghan Independent Electoral Bodies’ call for all Presidential candidates to adhere to the Election law and the Code of Conduct.

It is critical that the election is conducted in a fair manner, without interference of government officials or the use of state resources to benefit particular candidates. The UK continues to support the independence of Afghanistan’s Electoral Bodies in managing the process.

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