Peaceful transfer of power in Zambia after elections offers an example to world – Ban

Zambia has set an example for the rest of Africa and the wider world about how power can be transferred peacefully, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he congratulated its people for its staging of presidential elections.

New UN report outlines measures to prevent electoral violence in Asia

A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility.

Guinea: excessive force used against demonstrators, UN rights office says

The United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed its deep concern over excessive use of force by Guinea’s security forces against demonstrators ahead of this weekend’s long-delayed presidential run-off poll.

Iraqi elections an historic achievement, UN says as results are announced

Iraqi parliamentary elections this month were credible and no evidence has been found of any systematic or widespread fraud during the vote count, the top United Nations official in the country said today after authorities announced the final election results.

As Sudanese elections near, UN voices concern over reports of harassment

The United Nations expressed concern today about reports that some opposition party members and supporters in Sudan are being harassed, intimidated, arrested or detained ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections slated for next month.

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.