UN Envoy Urges Release of Foreign Aid for Afghan Poll

Afghanistan's parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2010. Pictured above is an Afghan elder showing his purple-inked finger after voting in the 2009 Afghan presidential elections, which put current President Hamid Karzai in power. Photo by: Afghanistan Matters / CC BY 2.0 Afghanistan MattersCC BY 2.0

Following the changes in the composition of the Afghan election commission and a separate watchdog organization, Staffan de Mistura, special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Afghanistan, is recommending the release of international aid for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections slated at the end of 2010.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed former judge Fazel Ahmad Manawi to head the Independent Election Commission and two international members to the Electoral Complaints Commission, a five-member watchdog organization. 

“We feel, that based on this, and according to this being put in writing and (in the) format of guidelines for Elections 2010, we are in a position, under those circumstances, to recommend to the international community, to support financially the future elections,” de Mistura said.

The U.N. had held back foreign funding for the Sept. 18 polls due to the flawed presidential vote last year and “possible uncertainties” about the election this year.

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