UN Pledges Financial and Technical Support for 2014 Afghan Elections

News - Election 2014

Jan Kubiš, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, while addressing a press conference in Kabul city on Thursday, pledged UN's support (financial and technical) to Afghanistan for holding transparent elections next year. Mr. Kubis stressed that it is "transparent elections" which will decide on the future of the UN's aid to Afghanistan. He added that the UN is willing to send its representatives to supervise the overall electoral process in Afghanistan.

Talking about the 68th UN Security Council General Assembly meeting held in New York, Jan Kubis said that the Council has promised to provide security during the elections in Afghanistan. He expressed optimism over the readiness of the country for holding the Presidential and Provincial Councils' elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.

"Election is definitely important for Afghanistan. But as you can see, quality of preparations, conduct and then acceptance of results of the elections,is creating more positive environment for Afghanistan and is giving hopes to those that are committed to provide long-term support to Afghanistan, also after 2014," said Jan Kubis.

Mr. Kubis added that the European Parliament (EP) have agreed to send their representatives for supervising the 2014 elections.

"The international community is ready and prepared to provide support for the domestic observation efforts. And, our support and engagement is being mobilized to deploy international observation for the elections. I am encouraged to learn that the Europe Union, most likely the European Parliament may deploy an international observation mission. And, there are many other international organizations and bodies that are ready to do so," Mr. Kubis said.

"The part of this support is sharing of the best international practices to help the promotion and act as a truly independent body. This is the declared objective of the Commission and we are more than ready to help them to work as a truly independent and impartial body," Mr. Kubis added.

Mr. Kubis informed the attendees of the press conference saying that the UN is ready to provide technical assistance to the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), and will be starting its work soon.

The UN Representative assured that the Afghan security and political transition will not be ignored by the international community and all assistance would be provided for its success.

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