The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) takes note of today’s Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) press conference, notably statements concerning the adjudication of allegations against the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) former Chief Electoral Officer.
UNAMA has consistently emphasized to all Afghan stakeholders – including the Presidential candidates, election management bodies, state institutions and authorities and the public – its support for accountability and due process.
The Mission has always supported the need for both the IEC and IECC to maintain strict impartiality and to uphold the highest standards of integrity, given their key role in Afghanistan’s historic political transition, as well as the need for full accountability and impartiality of its officials in carrying out their work.
No individual is above the law. On the other hand, no one can be considered or proclaimed guilty without firm evidence and due process.
The Mission urges that in the case that there is evidence documenting unlawful activities by any individual, then such evidence should be investigated and adjudicated by the respective Afghan institutions and authorities in accordance with the laws of the country.