Two UN staff among dead in Kabul bombing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep distress at the news that two United Nations staff members were among those killed in today’s suicide bombing in Kabul, which reportedly killed at least seven people, just two days ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial council elections.

Insecurity impacting preparations for Afghan polls, finds UN report

Insecurity is having a serious impact on preparations for Afghanistan's upcoming elections, especially for women, according to the United Nations and the country's human rights body, which added that despite attacks and threats, Afghans are eager to take part in the polls.

UN mission urges Ivorians to resolve difficulties, stick to electoral timetable

The identification and voter registration process for the upcoming elections in Côte d’Ivoire has encountered some difficulties, including strikes in some parts of the country, the United Nations mission there reported.

UN mission praises high voter turnout in Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) today congratulated election officials and the people of the northern region of Kurdistan for the large turnout, especially among women voters, in last week’s peaceful elections.

Preparations in full swing for Afghan polls, says UN mission

With one month to go until Afghans elect the country’s next leader, the United Nations said today that preparations are in full swing and that no effort will be spared to ensure security, considered the biggest challenge for the elections.

UN-supported Afghan elections hotline proving very popular

One of the hottest telephone numbers in Afghanistan right now is a toll-free election information hotline set up with help from the United Nations, according to the world body’s mission in the South Asian nation.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission urges prompt resumption of voter registration

The United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today called for a prompt resumption of voter registration to allow for broad participation in the November presidential elections.

Ban welcomes new date for long-awaited Ivorian election

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire of 29 November 2009 as the date for the West African nation's long-awaited presidential election.

UN, Afghan officials urge opposition to take part in upcoming polls

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan joined the head of the country's human rights commission in urging all Afghans, including those who oppose the Government, to take part in this year's presidential and provincial council elections.

Haiti: UN applauds publication of Senate election results despite low turn out

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today welcomed the publication of election results for the Caribbean country’s Senate although poor turn out meant that none of the candidates picked up sufficient votes to win a seat outright.