Guterres calls for integrity in Afghan election process

Guterres calls for integrity in Afghan election process

UN Secretary General António Guterres stated that credible elections, the outcome of which reflect the will of the Afghan people and are accepted by all parties concerned, are fundamental to establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He called on all interested parties to ensure the integrity of the electoral process and to enable the electoral authorities to carry out their work, including by examining complaints.

In addition, Guterres called on candidates to participate constructively in the process and show respect for the electoral departments, the Afghan television channel 1TV reports.

“After considering the complaints in the elections in accordance with the law, I urge the candidates and their supporters to accept the results,” the UN Secretary General noted.

He added that direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are necessary to achieve a lasting and sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Recall that currently the Afghan Electoral Commission is preparing to announce preliminary voting results.

As reported, a number of presidential candidates and civil society representatives opposed the inclusion of 300 disputed votes in the count. Protest actions were launched on the territory of the country, which did not allow the Electoral Commission to reopen its offices in 7 of the 34 provinces of the country for the recount.

Yesterday, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah called on his supporters to allow the recount process in the 7 northern provinces, but stressed that his team would not accept the inclusion of disputed votes in the count.