For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- USAID Mission Director Bill Hammink announced that the United States will contribute $55 million to meet budget needs for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections. Together, the United States and other donors have pledged $129 million to assist the Independent Election Commission organize Afghanistan’s April 2014 Presidential election.
“The pledge collectively represents the significance to the United States and the international community of an Afghan-led, transparent, credible and inclusive electoral process for the promotion of national unity. It shows our confidence in the resilience of Afghanistan’s democratic institutions.” said Hammink.
These financial contributions are another key step in planning for the upcoming elections under the leadership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC). The UK, the EU, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Japan have all pledged varying amounts. Canada and Australia will announce their pledged amounts soon.
The donor community stressed the importance of timely and successful implementation of the IEC Operational Plan, which includes security planning, capacity building, fraud mitigation and inclusive voter outreach, within the context of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework. Donors encouraged the IEC to maintain close cooperation with civil society organizations and develop a proactive approach to increase women’s participation.
Elections are scheduled to be held in April 2014. A peaceful transfer of power from President Karzai to his successor next year following a credible electoral process is critical to Afghan stability, as well as to sustaining international assistance to the Afghan government. A credible election followed by successful political transition would reaffirm Afghanistan’s democratic progress.
Last updated: December 10, 2013