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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.

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.