UNSC calls on Afghan election commission to ensure transparency on vote counting

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, October 02, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) called on the Afghan election commission to count Afghan votes accurately.

“The members of the Security Council called on the Afghan electoral institutions, including the Independent Election Commission and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, to ensure that the votes of Afghans are accurately counted and that results are determined in a fair, inclusive and transparent manner,” the statement read.

The UNSC said Afghan presidential poll was an important step in the country’s democratic development. The UN Security Council members urged all Afghan presidential candidates to respect code of conduct of election. The UNSC also urged the stakeholders to refrain from premature conclusions and accusations.

Afghanistan held its fourth presidential elections on September 28 amid high security threats and technical problems.

According to latest updates by the Independent Election Commission, around 2,598,445 people have cast votes in the poll. The commission, however, says the figure is the final one and it may increase in the future.

The preliminary result of the poll is set to be announced on October 19, and the final result will be announced on November 17.