U.S. pledges $29 million to support operational cost of the Afghan Presidential Elections

"VAN" (International Desk) :: The United States pledged $29 million to support the operational cost of the Presidential Elections in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Amabassador to Afghanistan John Bass said “We’re pleased the election budget has finally been finalized. That enables the United States to provide up to $29 million to support operations.”

Ambassador Bass further added that the conduct of the elections will also be funding independently Afghan domestic observers efforts so people have confidence in the way the election is conducted and in the results.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Bass said “At the same time, although the budget is an important step, there are many more steps the commission and the relevant ministries need to take to ensure elections occur when scheduled.”

He also added “We need to see the additional staff hired and trained by the commission. We need to see the voters lists published. We all need to see finalization of procurement and training on the biometric verification devices. All of that will be essential to conduct the election.”

"At the same time, we have strong expectations as do all Afghans, I think, to see all of the candidates respecting Afghan law that prohibits government officials or people with access to government officials from using government resources to benefit their campaign,” Ambassador Bass said.

Ambassador Bass also stressed “And we expect all the candidates, whether they are currently in government positions or not, to refrain from trying to use government resources, whether that’s money, whether that’s the power to appoint people, whether that’s simply going about their business in ways that is intended to benefit their campaign. We expect to see everyone respect Afghan law, and we expect that because the Afghan people expect that.”

Presidential Elections Budget:

The Independent Election Commission on Monday announced that the authorities have approved $149 million budget for the upcoming presidential elections.

The Independent Election Commission in a statement said the relevant authorities approved the budget three days ago.

The statement further added that the government of Afghanistan will contribute $90 million to elections budget.

Furthermore, the Independent Election Commission said the international community will contribute $59 million to elections budget.

The Independent Election Commission also added that the commission is committed to hold the presidential elections on 28th of September.
Credit :: KHAAMA


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