Japan pledges ¥1.5 billion to support peace and democratization of Afghanistan
Japan has committed ¥1.5 billion (US$13.5 million) to support the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Afghanistan election support program. Afghanistan plans to hold national elections between 2018 and 2019. The Afghan government, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), and the Electoral Complaints Commission (EEC) are working to ensure the elections will be transparent and fair.
Japan’s funding will support the work of the IEC and the EEC, a community education campaign; increased women’s participation, election supplies; and safety during the elections.