Norwegian government supports Afghan elections with 70 million NOK

The Norwegian Government has decided to support the elections in Afghanistan with 70 million Norwegian kroner, approximately 12,1 million USD. The presidential elections in Afghanistan are taking place on August 20, and the Norwegian funding will be used to support the preparations and execution of the elections. Read a translation of the press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs below.

Updated: (2.13.2009)

The presidential elections in Afghanistan are taking place on August 20 this year. Norway will contribute 70 million NOK to support the preparations and execution of the elections.


This includes among other things strengthening the Independent Election Commission, establishing an independent complaint commission to quality-proof the nomination process, establishing an independent media commission to supervise the media coverage of the elections, supporting independent Afghan observation of the elections and the production of election materiel.


"It is a pleasure that the election date now has been decided upon. With this the Afghan side has taken a large step further in the planning of the upcoming elections," says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.


"This is an important decision which will enable the international community to provide the necessary support in terms of security and international election observers to the Afghans," says the Foreign Minister.


With this support Norway will become one of the most important contributors to the elections. The Norwegian support will be coordinated by the UN.


"It is important that these elections are executed in such a way that the broadest possible participation can be secured. This is crucial to strengthen democracy in Afghanistan," says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.


Read the original version of the press release from the Norwegian MFA here:
http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/ud/pressesenter/pressemeldinger/2009/afghanistan.html?id=545913


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