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EP/AFGHANISTAN: "MESSAGE OF HOPE" FROM HEAD OF EUROPEAN MISSION TO OBSERVE ELECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN

The head of the mission from the European Union for the legislative elections of 18 September in Afghanistan, Emma Bonino, sent a "message of hope" to the members of the European Parliament on Tuesday that these elections will be carried out correctly. The MEP (Italian Radical), who was presenting a report to the committee on foreign affairs of the EP, particularly welcomed the fact that more than 10% of the candidates were women, stressing that a quota of seats has been reserved for them in Parliament. Furthermore, 44% of women have registered to vote. The former European Commissioner for Development (and Fisheries) also feels that it is "extraordinary" that Afghanistan "has managed to produce 7000 local observers" for the elections. Despite this optimism, Emma Bonino acknowledged that "there are difficulties" and that the situation "could always deteriorate". She referred to the "serious troubles in the south and southeast", although the "rest of the country is calmer", and criticised the fact that four candidates have been killed. Aside from security issues, the leader of the observation mission, which was launched at the beginning of July, spoke of logistical problems: Ballot boxes being transported by mule, the distribution of the papers, which had been printed in the United Kingdom … The president of the committee on foreign affairs, Elmar Brok (CDU), who visited Afghanistan last July as part of an ad hoc delegation from the EP, observed that "those who oppose the process of democratisation see [these elections] as their last opportunity to try something". He stressed the importance of dialogue with Pakistan, stressing that "the region must be considered in its entirety". Elmar Brok called upon the political groups to provide him with the names of MEPs who will be taking part in the observation of elections in Afghanistan. Philippe Morillon (ALDE, France), who shares Emma Bonino's optimism, called for a delegation for relations with the Afghan Parliament to be set up after the elections. The electoral mission of the EU led by the MEP Emma Bonino (ALDE, Italy) is made up of 71 people, experts who have been seconded to 28 of the 34 provinces to follow preparations for the elections there and, as Emma Bonino stated in her report, a week before the elections, 70 more MEPs, diplomats and European civil servants will join this team to observe the elections themselves. This will be the "largest international observation mission in Afghanistan", Ms Bonino stated. The EU has provided 4 million EUR to cover the running costs of its mission, 8.5 million towards the costs of holding the elections and 3 million for the institutional development of the Afghan Parliament.





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