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PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations proposes criteria for ordering recounts and invalidations
KABUL, 24 July 2014 – The United Nations (UN) today presented its proposal to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for a regulatory decision covering criteria for ordering the recount of ballot boxes and the invalidation of ballots as part of the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 15 June.
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IOM responds to needs of Afghan families displaced by military operation in Pakistan
24 July 2014 – As part of its efforts to respond to the needs of Afghan families displaced by the ongoing military operation in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) distributed relief items to around 200 vulnerable families in Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces this past week.
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Afghan media watch-dog stresses responsible use of social media at start of week-long campaign
23 July 2014 – An Afghan media watch-dog today formally launched a week-long campaign to encourage responsible use of social media in Afghanistan, while highlighting the importance of social media in facilitating debates and discussions on national issues.
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Afghan returnees and IDPs receive hygiene training through UN-supported programme
23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.
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PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations convenes meeting on strengthening Presidential election audit
KABUL, 23 July 2014 – With the support of both of the candidates in Afghanistan’s Presidential election, the United Nations convened a meeting this morning at the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to strengthen the audit of run-off results.
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PRESS RELEASE: UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, visits audit centre
KABUL, 18 July 2014 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, today visited the headquarters and premises of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), where the audit of the results of the country’s 2014 Presidential election run-off is taking place.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA welcomes start of audit for Afghan Presidential election run-off
KABUL, 17 July 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the start today of the audit of the results of the country’s 2014 Presidential election run-off.
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Afghan electoral body starts audit of results of Presidential election run-off
17 July 2014 – One of Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies, the Independent Election Commission (IEC), today started the audit of the ballots cast in the country’s Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA supports civil society call for ceasefire during Ramadan
KABUL, 16 July 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) supports the call today from the Federation of Afghanistan's Civil Societies (FACS) for a ceasefire by both parties to the conflict during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.
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Afghan authorities seize more than 42 tons of illicit drugs over past four months
16 July 2014 –The Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) conducted 837 raids and operations around the country over the last four months, seizing more than 42 tons of illicit materials, including drugs, precursor chemicals and alcoholic beverages.
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As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Afghans are preparing to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr or the “Feast of Breaking the Fast,” which is marked by family reunions and gatherings of friends. Shown here, vendors in a market in the Mandawi area of the capital, Kabul, show their goods as Afghan shoppers prepare for the occasion.
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As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Afghans are preparing to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr or the “Feast of Breaking the Fast,” which is marked by family reunions and gatherings of friends. Shown here, vendors in a market in the Mandawi area of the capital, Kabul, show their goods as Afghan shoppers prepare for the occasion. Photo: Sayed Barez / UNAMA
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The Independent Election Commission (IEC) today formally started the auditing of ballot papers of 14 June Presidential election run-off to investigate the allegation of massive frauds and electoral violations on the polling day. The IEC Chairman, Ahmed Yousuf Nuristani addressed a press conference and shared the details of the audit process with the media.
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