Annan condemns deadly bombing outside home of Iraqi political leader

Voicing his dismay at today's deadly bombing outside the Baghdad home of an Iraqi political leader, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the country's people to unite so that next month's national assembly elections can be peacefully and smoothly staged.

UK Prime Minister and UN envoy discuss Iraq elections in Baghdad

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, met today in Baghdad with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the role of the United Nations in elections planned for 30 January 2005 in the turbulent country.

Annan recommits UN to help Iraq hold elections after deadly terror attacks

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged anew full United Nations support for the Iraqi people in holding elections following yesterday's terror attacks that killed over 60 people, including three election workers, while in Baghdad his top envoy took the symbolic step of determining which parties would head the ballot list.

UN chief and US Secretary of State discuss preparations for Iraq's elections

With the registration of political entities in Iraq complete, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and United States Secretary of State Colin Powell met today in Washington for further talks on preparations for next month's elections and United Nations assistance in the process.

Annan congratulates Bush on re-election

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated President Bush on his re-election, and pledged his commitment to working with the US leader on the whole range of issues facing the United Nations and the world.

UN assesses nearly 2,000 nominations for Iraqi electoral commission

Nearly 2,000 people, 6 per cent of them women, have been nominated for top posts with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, which will guide United Nations-assisted general elections set for next January.

UN-led process to nominate Iraqi electoral commissioners on track

The United Nations-led exercise to gather nominations for posts in Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission is progressing on track, UN officials said today.

Iraqi people must control electoral process - UN official

A United Nations elections expert just back from Iraq emphasized today that the country's people must have control of the polling process, and that a secure environment and adequate resources were essential to the balloting's success.