Paktya political leaders work together to promote fair and transparent elections

Report
from UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Published on 14 Mar 2017 View Original

GARDEZ - Representatives of six political parties from across Paktya Province have come together in a UNAMA-facilitated meeting to openly and frankly discuss their role in elections, as well as peace and reconciliation.

Participants said that the environment of insecurity, as well as a high level of corruption in the region will make fair and transparent elections a major challenge.

UNAMA has also set up a committee comprising representatives of nine political parties active in the region to improve inter-party relations, encourage coordination and provide a forum to discuss provincial ramifications of key national political processes.

Political Affairs Officer Moshtaque Ahmed, who is based in Gardez, encouraged the participants to support national political processes, and to urge their followers to do the same.

UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and the people of Afghanistan as a political mission that provides 'good offices' among other key services. 'Good offices' are diplomatic steps that the UN takes publicly and in private, drawing on its independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent national and international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading.

UNAMA also promotes coherent development support by the international community; assists the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation.