Political challenges might derail Afghan elections: UN envoy

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-18 05:19:53|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A UN envoy on Monday voiced concern about political challenges that he said might derail the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan next month.

"Operationally and technically, the preparations (for elections) are on track. Yet I remain very concerned that political challenges could jeopardize the tight timelines and derail the elections unless all political leaders engage constructively and peacefully to ensure that elections are held on time," Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan, told the Security Council.

Security is also a serious concern, added Yamamoto, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

From a technical point of view alone, elections are possible, he said. "Candidates lists were finalized in time to enable the printing of the ballots to meet the deadline. The recruitment of the election officials is on track. The Independent Election Commission announced that more than 9 million had registered to vote."

Many opposition parties, however, remain skeptical about the number of registered voters, citing both security concerns that would have prevented many people from registering and alleging fraud, said the UN envoy.

UNAMA will do everything possible within its mandate and with the resources available to support a successful electoral process, he said.