UN cites Afghan election security concerns

The United Nations says security concerns have hampered the run-up to this month’s national elections in Afghanistan.

The report issued Sunday by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said safety fears have prevented candidates from freely campaigning and holding rallies this summer.

The United Nations said in a written statement that the situation has been particularly difficult for women who are running for office n the Aug. 20 balloting.

“These restrictions have, in turn, created significant limitations on freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and amplified women’s difficulties in participating in the electoral process,” said the report.

The report said female candidates have come under pressure from disapproving neighbors and family members.

The campaigning that has been taking place has been conducted in a “dignified” manner and has drawn a high level of interest from Afghan voters despite threats and actual terrorist attacks.

There are 40 presidential candidates and nearly 3,200 provincial council candidates running for office.



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