Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), briefs journalist at the SCso.
UNAMA calls upon stakeholders to work for credible elections
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), together with civil society, candidates and all other stakeholders to double their efforts for transparent and credible elections.
“An emphatic message from delegates at last week’s UN
Security Council session on Afghanistan was that the international community
fully supports presidential elections taking place on 28 September,” said
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for
Issuing a press release, UNAMA highlights the credibility of
any election is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders, not solely
that of the IEC and IECC. Candidates, civil society organizations, media, and
ulema have important roles to make a transparent elections happen.
“Credible elections lie at the heart of any democracy, and
the right to vote is in many ways a key symbol of the democratic progress made
in Afghanistan over the last 18 years,” said Yamamoto. “Voting is not just a
matter of civic responsibility, it is a way of protecting the achievements made
in Afghanistan and showing support for peaceful political processes.”
UNAMA praises the work performed by the Afghan security
forces in supporting the elections, protecting the distribution of election
materials and ensuring the security of the polling stations on and before
election day so that all Afghans, including women, can participate.
The statement came as the 2019 Afghan presidential election
is scheduled to take place on 28 September.