Moldova: UN calls on citizens, authorities to act with restraint amid election protests

The United Nations country team in Moldova has urged the nation’s people to express their dissent peacefully and beseeched the country’s police to show restraint in the wake of violent confrontations following disputed parliamentary elections on 5 April.

Haiti: 100 tonnes of UN-facilitated election equipment arrives

The arrival of a massive shipment of election equipment in Haiti has brought the process of legislative polls to a new phase, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced today.

On unannounced visit, Ban stresses continued UN resolve to help Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the commitment of the United Nations to continue helping the people of Iraq, as he made a previously unannounced visit to Baghdad, nearly one week after the country held successful – and peaceful – provincial elections.

Security Council welcomes peaceful holding of Iraqi provincial polls

The Security Council today welcomed the holding of provincial, or governate, elections in Iraq on 31 January, while the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn country called the poll a solid foundation for further progress this year.

Top UN envoy deplores murder of three candidates on eve of Iraq polls

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned the murder of three candidates who were killed while campaigning for the provincial council elections slated for Saturday.

Iraq: Top UN envoy hails ‘good start’ to early voting in provincial elections

As Iraq’s police, military, detainees and hospital-bound cast early ballots today, the top United Nations envoy hailed the orderly beginning of the strife-beset country’s governorate, or provincial, council elections to be held across the country on 31 January.

UN-backed body lists punishable offences for upcoming Iraqi elections

Interfering in the upcoming Iraqi polls by force or through threats is punishable by at least one year in prison, according to a list of offences issued today by an independent United Nations-backed elections body.

Bangladesh's new government should reach out to opposition – UN official

A senior United Nations electoral official today urged Bangladesh's newly elected Government to extend a hand of friendship to the opposition, saying there should not be “a feeling of winners and losers.”

Top UN envoy deplores murder of Iraqi political candidate

The top United Nations official in Iraq today condemned the latest incident in a series of election-related violence in the northern city of Mosul, in which a political candidate was murdered ahead of the provincial polls scheduled for later this month.