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UN updates President on progress of election audit
KABUL, 28 August 2014 – The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, today briefed President Hamid Karzai on the progress of the Presidential run-off election audit.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN pledges support to Afghan authorities to complete election audit

KABUL, 27 August 2014 – The United Nations today pledged to redouble its support to Afghan electoral authorities in order for the expeditious completion of a thorough and credible audit of the Presidential run-off elections of 14 June.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UN further strengthens expertise in election audit
KABUL, 27 August 2014 – The United Nations today reinforced the expertise in the Presidential elections audit process with a senior elections advisor, Mr. Richard Chambers of the United Kingdom, taking up responsibilities to support the important adjudication period. Mr. Chambers will work together with the UN’s lead elections advisor in Kabul, Mr. Jeff Fischer.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN highlights consultative nature of election audit
KABUL, 26 August 2014 – The United Nations today highlighted the exceptional levels of consultation and joint oversight of the Presidential elections audit, which is now more than three-quarters complete. 
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN welcomes Afghan electoral authorities’ first decisions on audit
KABUL, 25 August 2014 – The United Nations welcomes today’s announcement by Afghan electoral authorities of the first official decisions on the findings from the 100 per cent audit of the Presidential run-off election of 14 June.
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Afghanistan's moment of truth

Op-Ed by Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, Jan Eliasson

25 August 2014 -
On 12 July, the two candidates in Afghanistan's presidential race -- Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani -- agreed to resolve their contest through a complete audit of votes cast in the June run-off elections. The purpose of the audit -- secured with the assistance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- is simple and essential: to weed out fraudulent ballots and determine the will of the millions of Afghans who braved Taliban threats to make their voices heard.
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UNFPA signs agreement with Afghan Cricket Board to empower Afghan youth
24 August 2014 –The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has signed an agreement with Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) to empower youth in Afghanistan and to provide basic life skills training for  young male and female cricket players.
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STATEMENT: UN urges campaigns to cooperate with the audit process so as to complete it without delay
KABUL, 23 August 2014 – With two-thirds of the ballot boxes from the 100 percent audit of the Presidential run-off election now processed, the United Nations urges the two campaigns of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani to cooperate fully with the country’s electoral authorities in order to bring the audit to completion at the earliest time.  Any further delays only exacerbate the already heavy toll that the current uncertainty has on the political, security and economic environment, as well as on the lives of ordinary Afghans.
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Afghan journalist safety group records 60 per cent rise in violence against media personnel

21 August 2013 – An Afghan journalist safety group said today it documented a 60 per cent increase in the cases of violence against journalists during the first six months of this year.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UN concerned by harassment of New York Times reporter
KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses its concern over the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.
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The number of ballot boxes audited from the Presidential run-off election has passed the 75 per cent mark, while the Afghan electoral authorities continue in parallel to announce decisions from the audit process in batches. More than 160 United Nations electoral advisors are supervising the audit, working with national and international partners to deliver a robust and credible audit at the earliest time.
Observers from Afghan election watchdog bodies working with UN experts in the comprehensive 100 per cent audit of the Presidential run-off election.
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UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, press encounter on the audit process and the way forward on 27 August 2014
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