The ARG Presidential Palace and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the announcement of the presidential election date by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan.

ARG Palace in a statement said the leadership of the government of national unity last week requested from the independent election commission to announce the date for presidential election. The government of national unity welcomes the announcement by IEC setting April 20th as the date for the election and will take all necessary preparations to hold the election.

In the meantime, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement said the mission welcomes today’s announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of 20 April 2019 for the presidential election in Afghanistan.

“Today’s announcement is an important moment for democracy in Afghanistan,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “We urge all parties to perform their respective roles in order to ensure necessary timelines and conditions are met for credible presidential elections.”

UNAMA in its statement also added that “According to preliminary IEC data, more than 8.9 million Afghans, including more than three million women, have registered to vote in this year’s parliamentary and district council elections, and for the 2019 presidential elections. UNAMA expects a multi-layered and thorough verification process of registered voters in order for any irregularities to be addressed.”

UNAMA performs a strictly impartial role in supporting Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies in the organization of elections, as well as in strengthening the integrity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the electoral process, the statement added.

The statement also added that UNAMA remains committed to working with Afghan institutions as they implement reforms to enhance transparency and build trust in Afghanistan’s democratic processes, including by promoting the participation of women as voters and as candidates.