Attack on Afghan election commission condemned

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Farhan Haq

A deadly attack on the office of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) in Kabul, has been condemned by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Two policemen were reportedly killed and two others injured in the attack which comes two weeks ahead of presidential and provincial council elections.

UNAMA said that neither civilian electoral institutions nor Afghans who choose to exercise their right to vote should be threatened by violence.

Farhan Haq is a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said that the Election Commission and its civilian workers are conducting a public service so that Afghans can vote, and it is reprehensible that they have been deliberately targeted."

UNAMA said that security remains a challenge ahead of the April 5 poll.

The mission added that the continued efforts by the Afghan security forces to reinforce the security of candidates, election workers and voters were vital.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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