New York

27 September 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Afghanistan

On the eve of the 28 September presidential election in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General urges all stakeholders to ensure that Afghan voters, women and men, are able to exercise their right to vote. This is crucial as Afghanistan strives to consolidate a democratic and inclusive political system.  
The Secretary-General reiterates that any acts of violence against the electoral process, including attacks directed at polling centres, polling staff and voters, are unacceptable.  There is no place for violence, intimidation or fraud. 
The Secretary-General calls on all key actors to uphold their responsibility to support a peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process and reiterates the United Nations commitment to continue assisting the Afghan people.