KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is encouraged by the high numbers of Afghans who turned out today to have their voices heard and to exercise their constitutional right to vote for representatives of their choosing in parliamentary elections.
These elections were the first completely run by Afghan authorities since 2001 and are an important milestone in Afghanistan’s transition to self-reliance.
KABUL - As Afghanistan prepares for parliamentary elections tomorrow, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) encourages all eligible Afghan citizens to use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote. UNAMA also calls on all authorities and actors to ensure that the elections can take place in a secure and safe environment.
UNAMA expresses deep concern at recent public statements made by the Taliban, especially those that indicate their intention to carry out attacks against schools that will be used as polling centres.
KABUL - With Afghans voting this Saturday for a new parliament, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlights the need for elections free from fraud, and encourages anyone seeing or suspecting fraud to file a complaint with the relevant Afghan authorities.
“All citizens should play an active, informed and constructive role in rooting out fraud. Afghans deserve elections that are inclusive, credible, transparent and free from any activity that could taint the results,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.
KUNDUZ - At two televised, UN-backed events in Badakshan and Takhar, religious leaders, rights activists and other community leaders came together to discuss local peace initiatives and to strategize on ways to build community cohesion.
The events, organized by UNAMA’s Kunduz regional office, took place in the provincial capitals of Taloqan and Faizabad, where those gathered spoke about the impact of the conflict on their lives and the important role communities can play in building social cohesion as a counter to violence.
KABUL - As Afghans prepare for parliamentary elections, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlights the importance of domestic observers, as well as candidates’ agents and political party monitors, in the prevention of fraud.
Speaking at a meeting with domestic observers held in Kabul on Monday, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, noted the critical role that each observer can perform in the upcoming election in deterring and preventing fraud.