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UK announces significant financial contribution to Afghanistan’s Presidential Elections

15 Aug 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The government

of the United Kingdom on Thursday announced a significant financial

contribution to support the delivery of Afghanistan’s Presidential Election.

The British

Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that UK’s Department for International

Development (DFID) will make available up to £8 million to the UN Electoral

Support Programme, which provides technical support to Afghanistan’s

Independent Electoral Bodies.

The

statement further added that this includes a planned contribution of £4 million

to support preparations for the Presidential election.

Meanwhile, British

Ambassador, Alison Blake said “I am pleased that through this contribution the

UK can continue to support Afghanistan’s democratic process. The UK strongly

supports elections in Afghanistan in order that the Afghan people can have

their rightful say in the future of their country.”

Ambassador

Blake further added that UK reiterates the importance of credible Presidential

elections taking place. Timely elections are another step towards a more stable

and democratic future for Afghanistan.

“I welcome

the Afghan Government’s own financial commitments to the electoral process,

which is key to long term sustainability, as well as the contributions from the

international community,” Ambassador Blake said.

Furthermore,

the British Embassy said the UK, along with others in the international

community, supports the Afghan Independent Electoral Bodies’ call for all

Presidential candidates to adhere to the Election law and the Code of Conduct.

The statement

also added “It is critical that the election is conducted in a fair manner,

without interference of government officials or the use of state resources to

benefit particular candidates. The UK continues to support the independence of

Afghanistan’s Electoral Bodies in managing the process.”

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