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UK announces 8 million pounds to support Afghan Presidential election


Devdiscourse News Desk Kabul
Updated: 15-08-2019 16:04 IST
UK announces 8 million pounds to support Afghan Presidential election

British Ambassador Alison Blake with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Image Credit: Facebook (@ukinafghanistan Home)

The United Kindom has announced on Thursday to provide a significant financial contribution to support the delivery of Afghanistan's Presidential Election. The British nation has declared that it will provide 8 million pounds to support the Presidential election in Afghanistan which are to be held in September this year.

The British Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) will make available up to 8 million pounds to the UN Electoral Support Programme, which provides technical support to Afghanistan's Independent Electoral Bodies.

The statement further added that this includes a planned contribution of £4 million to support preparations for the Presidential election.

Meanwhile, British Ambassador, Alison Blake said "I am pleased that through this contribution the UK can continue to support Afghanistan's democratic process. The UK strongly supports elections in Afghanistan in order that the Afghan people can have their rightful say in the future of their country."

The UK reiterates the importance of credible Presidential elections taking place, the embassy said in a statement.

"Timely elections are another step towards a more stable and democratic future for Afghanistan," Blake said. "I welcome the Afghan Government's own financial commitments to the electoral process, which is key to long term sustainability, as well as the contributions from the international community."

Timely elections are another step towards a more stable and democratic future for Afghanistan.

The upcoming election is estimated to cost USD149 million. The Afghan government will provide USD 90 million.

COUNTRY : Afghanistan