Political climate in Afghanistan dominated by 2014 elections: Ban Ki-moonListen /
Afghanistan needs to have broad participation and credible elections next year to have a widely accepted leadership transition, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on the UN Mission in Afghanistan, as the country prepares to take full responsibility for its security at the end of 2014.
Mr. Ban said he welcomes "the active and responsible participation by all stakeholders in building a widely accepted electoral framework" in the country.
He pointed out that the United Nations is reflecting on its future role in Afghanistan and should continue providing good offices, including support for the elections.
"Afghanistan's political climate is dominated by the 2014 elections. Broad participation and a credible process are essential to reaching the goal of a widely accepted leadership transition. Let me stress that the elections are Afghan-led and Afghan-managed. Now is the time to take critical decisions. The Government has committed to making this an inclusive, consultative and transparent process."
The Secretary-General stressed that "an agreement on an impartial, credible and independent electoral dispute resolution mechanism will be critical.
Another core element, he added, is the appointment of a respected, widely accepted chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission.
Donn Bobb, United Nations