UN calls on Taliban to desist violence during election day
In a statement issued on Wednesday, September 25, the United
Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) called on Taliban “to desist
from any activity that would interfere with the elections, particularly with
regard to the safety of voters and all other civilians engaged in the
Tadamichi Yamamot, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in
Afghanistan, highlighted that attacks directed against polling centers and
civilians participating in the electoral process are clear violations of
international law and may amount to war crimes.
He furthermore stressed that perpetrators of such crimes
must be held accountable and urged the Taliban to retract any instructions
which could disrupt elections.
The United Nations calls on all parties to de-escalate the
conflict around the electoral period and to take urgent measures to better
protect civilians from being harmed in any military operations.
In reaction to the UN call, the Taliban issued statement
early morning today, September 26, saying the group will disrupt the election
process by “attacking all security personnel” and “targeting offices and
centers that operate for this staged show (the presidential polls).”
The 2019 presidential elections is set to be held on
Saturday, September 28, which costs an estimated USD 149 million.
As many as 14 candidates including president Ghani and Chief
Executive Abdullah are competing in the polls to be elected as next president