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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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PRESS STATEMENT: UN condemns yesterday’s clash and interruption to audit
KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses concern about yesterday’s clash between supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team and workers from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that left several people hurt at the audit centre compound in Kabul. This is not the first case in which representatives of the campaign teams have engaged in heated exchanges culminating in violence.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA congratulates Afghan people on Independence Day
KABUL, 18 August 2014 - The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, congratulated the Afghan people on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of Afghanistan's independence.
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Insecurity continues to pose challenge to assisting displaced Pakistanis in eastern Afghanistan
18 August 2014 – In the aftermath of tens of thousands of Pakistani nationals being displaced into the Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika, the United Nations agency coordinating humanitarian efforts there has said that access continues to be a challenge due to insecurity.
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The number of ballot boxes audited from the Presidential run-off election approached the 75 per cent mark Monday as the Afghan electoral authorities announced their first decisions from the audit process. 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.
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) and UN election experts brief the media Monday before the beginning of the adjudication process on the findings of the audit of the Presidential run-off of 14 June.
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