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EU provides €15.5 million to support Parliamentary and District Councils Elections in Afghanistan

EU provides €15.5 million to support Parliamentary and District Councils Elections in Afghanistan

EU provides €15.5 million to support Parliamentary and District Councils Elections in Afghanistan

Today, the European Union signed an agreement with United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in Kabul to provide €15.5 million in financial support for the upcoming Parliamentary and District Councils Elections in Afghanistan. This contribution will be mostly used to support the procurement of election-related materials and payment of salaries of temporary electoral staff recruited by Electoral Management Bodies (IEC and ECC). Outreach and public awareness campaigns will also benefit from this funding.

"The €15.5 million transferred today to UNDP is a concrete illustration of the European Union's support to credible parliamentary and district elections in Afghanistan. It comes in a very timely manner as we need to encourage all citizens of this country to register and seize these elections as a golden opportunity to strengthen democracy and to help shape the country's future", said EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, Pierre Mayaudon.

The agreement was signed between EU Ambassador Mayaudon and UNDP Country Director, Jocelyn Mason in the presence of the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Toby Lenzer, the Chairman of Independent Election Commission, Abdul Badie Sayad, and the Chairman of Elections Complains Commission, Abdul Aziz Ariaey. The EU's financial support will be managed by the UNDP through the United Nations Electoral Support Project (UNESP).

The EU is also committed to provide €15.5 million for the Presidential and Provincial Councils Elections in 2019.

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