9 May 2013
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Ahead of 11 May Elections in Pakistan, Secretary-General Commends Voter Turnout


Efforts, but Expresses Concern about Wave of Violence against Politicians

 


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General has been following preparations for the upcoming national and provincial elections in Pakistan on 11 May.  He hopes that all eligible Pakistanis peacefully take part, regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnic background, or gender and carry out their civic duty on this important day.  He commends the efforts of the Government, the Election Commission of Pakistan, political parties, civil society and religious leaders to encourage voter turnout, particularly amongst women.


The Secretary-General is concerned about the wave of violence and attacks in Pakistan that has targeted politicians, political rallies, and election offices ahead of the elections.  He conveys his heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims.  He acknowledges the efforts being made by the Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of candidates, party workers, election officials, observers and voters on the day of the elections.


The Secretary-General wishes every success to the Government and people of Pakistan for the national and provincial elections in Pakistan.


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