First Afghan-led elections largely positive: EU observer 2009-08-22 17:13:38   Print

    KABUL, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) in a statement issued here on Saturday hailed the holding of elections is a victory for the Afghan people, despite security constraints and intimidation.

    "These were the first Afghan-led elections, and the process seems at this stage to have been largely positive," the statement said.

    The EUEOM has observed all aspects of the process around Afghanistan for the past two months, it said, adding the Independent Election Commission (IEC) generally functioned efficiently, adhering to its tight timeline in implementing electoral operations.

    Moreover, it said the EU Mission will continue to observe the post-electoral period, including the tallying of the results, intake procedures, audits, the complaints and appeals process, and any run-off election.

    The EUEOM has been present in Afghanistan since July 3rd, with some 250 dedicated staff deployed around the country.

    Initial results are expected to be published from next Tuesday by IEC as scheduled.

Editor: Fang Yang
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