UNAMA, ISAF Congratulate Afghans On Elections

Monday, April 07, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and ISAF congratulated the Afghans on the country’s Presidential and Provincial Councils’ successful elections on Saturday.
“By their actions they have enabled Afghanistan’s first democratic transition from one elected President to another, the UNAMA said in a statement.
“Today was a good day for the future of a stable and unified Afghanistan. Ordinary Afghans turned out to vote in remarkable numbers, defying Taliban attacks and threats. Often in long queues and bad weather, voters patiently waited to exercise their basic human right to vote. They chose to determine the future direction of the country by political means and resolutely rejected the enemies of peace and democracy,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš.
“Afghan electoral and security institutions should be commended for their leadership in organizing and securing these elections on time and according to constitutional provisions,” Mr. Kubiš added.
Afghan electoral management bodies now have a critical responsibility to count the votes and resolve complaints fairly and efficiently, and release the results in a transparent and timely manner.
“I call on them to ensure their actions and decision-making is undertaken with the utmost integrity, impartiality and transparency,” Mr. Kubiš said.
The UN official also urged candidates and their supporters to show patience when problems arise by directing their complaints to the appropriate institutions under Afghanistan’s laws, and that the final decisions of these institutions be respected. He warned that premature announcements will only undermine this historic political transition process and its democratic, peaceful character.
Also, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) congratulates the people of Afghanistan on the historic election as saying today’s success clearly demonstrates that the Afghan people have chosen their future of progress and opportunity.
As the world watched, Afghan National Security Forces provided the opportunity for the Afghan people to choose their new President, securing over 6,200 polling centers across the country.
Soldiers and policemen confidently patrolled the cities and countryside to protect innocent civilians and prevent insurgents from disrupting today’s elections. Afghan voters displayed confidence in their army and police, turning out in unprecedented numbers to cast their ballot for the future of Afghanistan.
“The people of Afghanistan can be proud of their security forces,” said General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., ISAF commander. “For months, they’ve conducted planning and security operations to ensure that the conditions were set for inclusive elections. What we saw today as a result of that effort was extraordinary.
In addition to their physical performance, what equally impresses me is the sense of responsibility and determination they had in ensuring the Afghan people had a secure environment in which to vote and determine their own future.”
ISAF stands committed to continuing the strong partnership with our Afghan brothers and sisters. We have forged this relationship for more than a decade, and the ANSF achievements today are enormous; their brave and heroic actions demonstrate their dedication to a secure, stable and unified Afghanistan.

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