New UN-backed blog site encourages Iraqis to take part in upcoming polls

A new United Nations-supported blog site just launched in Baghdad is the latest initiative to engage voters in the nascent democracy and motivate them to go to the polls on 31 January 2009 during the country’s provincial elections.

Ban appeals for peaceful conduct of Bangladesh's parliamentary polls

On the eve of Bangladesh’s “highly significant” parliamentary polls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for a peaceful electoral process in the South Asian nation, which has been beset by political violence and polarization in recent years.

Bangladesh’s first ever computerized voter list completed with UN backing

As Bangladesh gears up for its first parliamentary elections in seven years on 29 December, the first ever computerized photo voter list in the south Asian country containing pictures of more than 80 million people is now complete after taking 11 months to compile with United Nations help.

Ban welcomes lifting of Bangladesh’s state of emergency ahead of polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the lifting today of the state of emergency in Bangladesh as “a positive step” towards ensuring the right of all of its citizens to free, fair and credible parliamentary elections, which are slated for 29 December.

Iraqi voters will have full provincial election coverage thanks to UN project

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has launched a nationwide Election Coverage Network, aimed at providing the country’s citizens with timely, fair and balanced information and reporting on its provincial elections.

Ahead of slated elections in Maldives, UN team to conduct fact-finding visit

An inter-agency United Nations fact-finding mission heads to the Maldives on Sunday for a six-day visit to determine whether the world body should provide assistance to forthcoming elections in the Indian Ocean island chain.

Ban Ki-moon congratulates Nepalese on historic elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Nepal for what he called their “enthusiastic participation” in today’s Constituent Assembly elections.

Nepal: UN unit urges respect for human rights as election nears

A week ahead of Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country is urging all political parties and the Nepalese people to abide by the electoral code of conduct and ensure respect for human rights.

Violence and intimidation threaten to undermine Nepalese polls – UN report

Nepal's political parties should stop intimidating voters during the campaign for next month's elections for a Constituent Assembly, the United Nations said today in a new report which warns that an upsurge of killings and acts of violence in the Terai region and daily clashes between party supporters are threatening to undermine the historic polls.