New York

28 April 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Council of Representatives elections in Iraq

On 30 April, Iraq will hold nationwide Council of Representatives' elections and Governorate Council elections in the Kurdistan region. These elections mark an important milestone in Iraq’s democratic transition and can contribute to greater peace and stability in the country.

The Secretary-General welcomes the progress made by the Independent High Electoral Commission in holding these elections on time and in line with national commitments and international standards.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the wave of violence and terrorist attacks that has targeted political leaders, candidates and electoral staff ahead of the elections and conveys his deepest condolences to the families of those affected. He urges all political leaders and personalities to create the conditions necessary to enable all Iraqi men and women to participate in the electoral process and to have their say on the future of their country.