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.

Afghan election funding shortfall almost filled, UN mission reports

After warning at the beginning of last month that a funding shortfall could hamper essential preparatory work for Afghanistan’s parliamentary and provincial elections on 18 September, the United Nations mission reported today that nearly all the requested $149 million was now in hand or committed.

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.