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PRESS STATEMENT: UN completes requested audit role in Presidential election results

KABUL, 14 September 2014 – Following the final decision-making session held today by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) on findings from audited ballot boxes, the United Nations welcomes the completion of the nationwide audit of ballots cast in the country’s 14 June presidential elections run-off.

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UN chief says ‘democratic leadership transition must be respected’ in report to Security Council
14 September 2014 – “I salute the courage and determination of the millions of Afghan women and men who participated in the two rounds of polling as voters, candidates, campaign and electoral workers, and observers. Their wish to achieve a peaceful, democratic leadership transition must be respected.”
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UN senior official meets presidential candidates, urges cooperation
11 September 2014 - To underscore the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a successful conclusion to Afghanistan’s presidential election process, the world body’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, today paid a brief visit to Kabul, where he met with the country’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA expresses condolences for victims in Kunar province

KABUL, 11 September 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its condolences to the families of the civilians killed and injured in airstrikes in the country’s eastern province of Kunar yesterday.

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In telephone calls with candidates, Ban stresses need for abiding by commitments
11 September 2014 -In separate telephone calls with Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, made on Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon stressed the need for both of them to abide by their public commitments and conclude the political agreement on a government of national unity.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA supports Ulema Council’s call for candidates to resolve differences
KABUL, 10 September 2014 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, supports and endorses a call made by the Ulema Council for the country’s two presidential candidates to resolve their differences and come to an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity soon.
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UN chief urges candidates to conclude agreement on government of national unity
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan
New York, 9 September 2014
- The Secretary-General urges Afghanistan’s two Presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July.
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UNESCO launches bidding process to design Bamyan Museum and Cultural Centre
Kabul, 4 September – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced the launch of the bidding process for the design of Bamyan Museum and Cultural Centre, which will be used as a space for exhibitions and training in the Afghan province.
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Senior UN official receives petition against firing of rockets

3 September 2014 - A senior official from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Nicholas Haysom, met today with an Afghan parliamentarian, Baktash Siawash, to receive a petition protesting the firing of rockets from Pakistan into the country’s eastern province of Kunar.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UN continues to respond to candidates’ technical concerns on audit
KABUL, 1 September 2014 – Even as the comprehensive audit of the presidential run-off approaches completion, the United Nations is continuing to respond to new technical issues and concerns when raised by the presidential campaigns. This is part of its previously stated commitment to work with both campaigns to respond to any issues which would further the overall objective of the audit to separate fraudulent ballots from valid votes.
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The UN has been providing support to the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) audit of results from the Afghan presidential election run-off; the IEC has finished its ninth and final decision-making session on the audited ballot boxes. Photos: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
The Director of UNAMA’s Human Rights Unit, Georgette Gagnon, spoke at a 16 September conference, hosted by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, to address progress made so far, and the way forward, on approaches to judicial mediation in cases of violence against women. Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
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An interview with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, about his visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul on 11 September 2014 and his meetings with the two candidates in the country’s presidential elections, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
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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

UN electoral expert, Jeff Fischer, speaks at IEC press conference

Deputy UN envoy for Afghanistan on UN's role in elections audit


At a news conference in Kabul, on 12 June 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, delivered key messages ahead of the country's second round run-off elections took place on 14 June 2014

Interview with the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, in run-up to Presidential election run-off - 2 June 2014

In a visit to Herat, UN Special Representative Ján Kubiš urged all Afghans to take part in the 14 June Presidential run-off elections - 28 May 2014

Afghan elections Voters say why their votes matter - 5 April 2014

Afghan elections: UN special envoy visits polling centre - 5 April 2014

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