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 2014 Presidential and provincial council polls
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PRESS RELEASE: UNAMA welcomes steps to increase transparency of electoral process
KABUL, 23 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) encourages steps taken by Afghan electoral institutions to continuously increase transparency around the counting of votes from the country’s Presidential elections.
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UN study finds ‘sharp increase’ in opiate consumption in Afghanistan
23 April 2014 – Poppy cultivation and opiate consumption have increased sharply in Afghanistan during recent years impacting harshly on the country, according to a new United Nations study.
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High expectations ahead of Saturday’s preliminary results
23 April 2014 – With preliminary results of Afghan presidential elections due this weekend, high expectations are being placed on Afghanistan’s electoral bodies to ensure maximum transparency in the vote tallying exercise to retain public confidence in the process.
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Experts urge sustainable infrastructure and green cities for healthy environment in Afghanistan
22 April 2014 – As Afghanistan is witnessing rapid urbanization, environmental experts have highlighted the urgent need for a long-term sustainable infrastructural planning and encouraging green cities to ensure healthy environment and preservation of natural resources.
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PRESS RELEASE: UNAMA urges engagement and inclusion of women in political process
KABUL, 21 April 2014 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš, highlights the importance of continued meaningful engagement and inclusion of women in Afghanistan’s political processes.
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PRESS RELEASE: UNAMA urges support for Afghan electoral bodies and human rights commission
KABUL, 16 April 2014 – The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today stressed the need to support the country’s two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) – and to safeguard the impartiality and transparency of their work, in addition to highlighting the importance of the coming re-accreditation review of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).
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UN-backed body expresses ‘serious concerns’ over impunity in ‘high-profile’ corruption cases
16 April 2014 – A United Nations-backed high level anti-corruption body has expressed “serious concerns” over impunity in some of Afghanistan’s “high-profile corruption cases” and identified some government institutions and other bodies for their performance in the fight against corruption.
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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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 Afghan electoral bodies at work
Since 5 April, when Afghans voted in Presidential and Provincial Council polls, Afghanistan’s two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission – have been going about their work of vote tallying and dealing with complaints, as well as providing regular updates on their respective processes.
 UNAMA FEATURED PHOTO: 22 April 2014
Afghanistan's Electoral Media Commission today imposed cash penalties against 14 media organizations for breaking the code of conduct in their coverage of the 5 April Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The cash penalties, against – 13 private television channels and one radio station – range from 5,000 Afs ($86) to 75,000 Afs ($1,300). Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
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22 April 2014 - UN envoy underlines importance of women's participation in political process; IECC spokesman defends invalidation of some 100,000 votes in Herat; Government delegation discovers British-run jail in Kandahar - report; Abdullah, Ahmadazai's electoral teams say HPC remained inept; Local commander's men kill local influential figures, torch dozens of residential houses in Faryab; Government postpones signing of mining and urban development projects until new Government is in charge; Nangarhar officials report 70 per cent increase in poppy cultivation; IECC says votes from 63 polling centres and 13 sites invalidated; Parliament criticizes invalidation of 100,000 votes in Herat; Ahmadzai denies forming a coalition government; Abdullah and Ahmadzai's teams claim victory, dismiss possibility of poll run-off.. More >>

 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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