UN Mission in Afghanistan welcomes appointment of members to electoral body

In a press statement, UNAMA welcomed the “timely” appointment of the new members of the electoral body, including the “expeditious” election of its Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary.“UNAMA congratulates the new commissioners and looks forward to working with them in support of their duty of preparing next year’s polls,” said the statement, noting that the new appointments follow the recent Parliamentary and Presidential approvals of the Electoral Law and law regulating the structure and responsibilities of Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies. “In relation to the latter, the UN Mission notes that the establishment of the electoral dispute resolution mechanism is equally crucial for ensuring transparent, credible and inclusive elections,” UNAMA stressed.“An inclusive appointments process is an important development in the establishment of a credible and robust electoral architecture for Afghanistan’s Presidential and Provincial Council elections, due to take place on 5 April 2014.” To that end, UNAMA pointed out in its statement that the selection process benefits from the participation of a civil society representative as provided for in the law, and said that it expects, in regard to the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, that this requirement will be met.The statement stressed that Afghan-led and Afghan-managed 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections are central to Afghanistan’s stable and sustainable political transition. “UNAMA calls on all concerned to engage constructively in efforts to ensure that the elections are held according to the Afghan Constitution and the IEC’s timeline,” said the statement, adding that the UN Mission reiterates that meeting the timelines “is not only possible, but essential.”Finally, UNAMA reaffirmed its commitment to support the elections at the request of the Afghan authorities and institutions as mandated by the UN Security Council. read more

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300 Prisoners freed It was a mistake 463 removed 91 released

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLusignan prisoners access generator fuel; attempt to raze facility over flooded conditionsJuly 14, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prison break: 86 ‘real bad’ prisoners will return to Camp Street today – RamjattanJuly 24, 2017In “Crime”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime” Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan says the disclosure that 300 prisoners were released was a mistake, and it should have been that they were in fact “removed” from  the Lusignan “walled area.”Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, at the press conference held on ThursdayIn providing a breakdown, Ramjattan posited that 463 persons have been removed from the total of 1018 prisoners who were relocated to the Lusignan “walled area”  after the Camp Street Prison was set alight by prisoners on Sunday last.The Minister explained today that 83 inmates were transferred to the Mazaruni Prison, 90 to the New Amsterdam Prison, 48 to the Timehri Prison and 151 were placed into the Lusignan Prison itself.Furthermore, he noted that while utilizing his power under the Prison Act, he approved the early release of 57 prisoners, while the Magistrates have granted a total of 34 persons bail.As such, a little over 500 prisoners remain in the “walled” area located in the compound of the Lusignan Prison.Meanwhile, Ramjattan said that the conditions for the 500 prisoners at Lusignan are expected to improve as emergency works are ongoing at the facility.According to the Public Security Minister, during a press briefing held on Thursday, prisoners that are currently in the open area of the Lusignan Prison will have better facilities within the next 24 hours as contractors are doing the emergency works, which are expected to be completed by Friday midnight.He explained that constructions works are ongoing, “We have a tarmac and (will be) putting up sheds with roofs and better washroom facilities so that they can be in better conditions.”However, Minister Ramjattan stated that once the debris is removed from the Camp Street Prison some prisoners will be transferred back to the Camp Street ‘brick prison’, which was the only part of the penitentiary that remained unscathed throughout the disastrous fire.An aerial view of the Camp St. prison following the disastrous Sunday fireHe explained that repairs are being carried out to the brick prison’s roof, the locking system, the kitchen area and the administration centre.“The structure in the new brick prison that is standing there can accommodate another 250 prisoners, so from that 500 plus we will be shifting across to the new prison, the brick prison”, said Ramjattan. read more

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