UNSC urges accelerated preparations for Afghan elections

KABUL: The U.N. Security Council is urging Afghan authorities to accelerate preparations for elections in October and stressing the importance of “a secure environment” for credible voting to take place.
The council said in a statement on Monday that approved by all 15 council members that quick action is needed on outstanding issues including approval of candidates to fill “critical vacancies” on the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaints Commission.
It also emphasized the central role of UNAMA, the UN’s political mission in Afghanistan, in supporting the organization of elections and the strengthening of electoral reform efforts, as well as the need for electoral observation missions to be in place.
It said a central database of the more than 8.9 million registered voters must be established “that identifies irregularities,” and a final list of candidates must be published.
The Kabul Times

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