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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 5 March 2010 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Iraq

Following months of preparation, millions of Iraqis will head to the polls on 7 March to elect a new Council of Representatives. The Secretary-General welcomes the reaching of another important milestone in Iraq's political development.

The Secretary-General calls on all Iraqis to exercise their democratic right to vote on Sunday. The peaceful conduct of these elections is of paramount importance and should contribute to national reconciliation in Iraq. A strong voter mandate will be a powerful message in support of stability and prosperity for all Iraqis and will build on the political progress that has already been achieved.

The Secretary-General acknowledges the important contributions by relevant Iraqi authorities, including the Independent High Electoral Commission and encourages them to continue their efforts in ensuring credible elections conducted in an atmosphere free from violence, harassment and intimidation. In accordance with its mandate, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) will continue to provide strong support for the electoral process.

Statements on 5 March 2010