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Afghan activists organize photo exhibition highlighting challenge of violence against women
15 April 2014 – In their effort to press Afghan governmental bodies and justice institutions to ensure that the perpetrators of violence against women are penalized in accordance with the law, a group of civil society activists today organized a photo exhibition in the capital, Kabul, displaying images of victims as well as the key clauses of a law that seeks to stem violence against women.
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Afghan electoral body announces partial results of Presidential polls
13 April 2014 – The Afghan electoral body responsible for the holding of last week’s landmark Presidential elections announced today the first batch of partial results, based on ten per cent of the results of the vote from 26 of the country’s 34 provinces, with the top United Nations official in the country welcoming the results' release and urging patience while vote counting continues.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA welcomes release of poll’s partial results, urges patience
KABUL, 13 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today's announcement of the first batch of partial results in the country’s Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process – while also noting that these results represent only a small proportion of the millions of ballots cast in the poll.
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Afghanistan’s health ministry reports significant decrease in malaria cases
10 April 2014 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health has reported a significant reduction in malaria cases in the country as a result of the “successful implementation” of its national programme to control and prevent the disease.
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Top official from electoral body reiterates commitment to tackling fraud in polls
9 April 2014 - An official from one of Afghanistan’s electoral bodies today reiterated his commitment to ensuring that legitimate votes would be separated from any fraudulent votes in last Saturday’s Presidential and Provincial Councils elections, while noting that fraud and electoral violations had taken place.
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IECC receives 3,000 poll-related complaints; begins adjudication
8 April 2014 – The Afghan body responsible for adjudicating complaints related to last Saturday’s elections announced today that it has started the adjudication process after having received more than 3,000 complaints before the midnight Monday deadline.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA urges respect for election process
KABUL, 8 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today urged the candidates in the country’s Presidential elections, as well as their supporters, to respect the work of the two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission – as vote counting is underway.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA condemns killing of civilians in Kandahar
KABUL, 8 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns an attack in the southern province of Kandahar which killed 15 civilians and injured another five through the use of a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PP-IED).
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UN chief hails ‘historic’ Afghan elections
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan

NEW YORK, 6 April 2014 - The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Afghanistan on Saturday’s historic Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The elections mark an important step forward in Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN Security Council welcomes holding of Afghan polls
NEW YORK, 5 April 2014 - The members of the Security Council welcome the holding of the presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April 2014 in Afghanistan. The members of the Council reiterate the importance of these historic elections to Afghanistan’s transition and democratic development. Members commend the participation and courage of the Afghan people to cast their ballot despite the threat and intimidation by the Taliban and other extremist and terrorist groups.
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 Afghans vote in historic polls
Afghans thronged to polling stations across the country as doors opened at 7:00 a.m. this morning. Voters are casting ballots to elect the country’s successor to President Hamid Karzai and members of 34 Provincial Councils. While on a visit to a polling centre in the capital, Kabul, UN Special Representative Ján Kubiš congratulated the people of Afghanistan for participating in the country’s “historic moment.”
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Violence against women is a challenge faced by many across Afghanistan. In their effort to press governmental bodies and justice institutions to ensure that the perpetrators of such violence are penalized in accordance with the law, a group of civil society activists today organized a photo exhibition in the capital, Kabul, displaying images of victims as well as the key clauses of a law that seeks to stem violence against women. Photo: Sayed Muhammad Shah / UNAMA
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 Kubiš visits polling centre on e-day
The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš, visited a polling centre in Kabul on election day - 5 April 2014.
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