|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
secretary-general calls on all afghans to cast ballots in 20 august elections,
says participation will help strengthen democratic institutions
The following statement was issued on 19 August by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General encourages all Afghan women and men eligible to vote to cast their ballot in the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections on 20 August 2009. He notes that, by participating in these elections, the Afghan people will help Afghanistan strengthen its democratic institutions, bring fresh vigour to the country’s political life, and ultimately reaffirm their commitment to contribute to the peace and prosperity of their nation.
The Secretary-General also calls on all candidates, their supporters, political party agents, and domestic and international observers to continue to cooperate with the Independent Election Commission, other relevant Afghan institutions and international stakeholders supporting electoral preparations, to ensure a smooth and successful electoral process.
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