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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan, H.E. Jan Kubis

On Thursday, October 24, NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with H.E. Jan Kubis, U.N. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, at his residence. In the meeting, different phases of the electoral process were discussed, including the registration of presidential and provincial council candidates, the manner in which information provided by candidates was evaluated by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), and the subsequent announcement of the preliminary list of candidates.

In regards to challenges facing the electoral process, Dr. Abdullah noted that there was a lack of transparency in the manner in which members of both electoral institutions were appointed. He also added that relevant electoral commissions should provide convincing explanation about the removal of some of the registered candidates. Dr. Abdullah also mentioned that questions still remained about the citizenships of some of the candidates and further stressed that despite the competitions in the elections, a spirit of understanding and necessary coordination would exist between the candidates and concerned political parties, during the electoral process.

Also discussed in the meeting, was the possibility of widespread irregularities in the process, and ways in which it can be prevented and addressed accordingly. Both sides highlighted the importance of transparent and inclusive elections to Afghanistan’s future stability. Dr. Abdullah also conveyed his appreciation for the valuable role of UNAMA in Afghanistan’s stabilization efforts. Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, member of the Leadership Council of the National Coalition of Afghanistan, also attended the meeting.

October 24, 2013, Kabul-Afghanistan

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