Terrorists should not “deprive Afghan voters of their future”

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Jan Kubis

Terrorists should not be allowed to deprive Afghan voters of their future according to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

In less than three weeks' time Afghanistan is scheduled to hold Presidential and Provincial Council elections, paving the way for the country’s first-ever peaceful democratic transfer of power.

Briefing the Security Council on Monday, Jan Kubis said "these elections are a defining moment that will earn President Hamid Karzai a place in history."

After offering his deepest condolences to the families of four UN staff members and 17 other international civilians that were brutally murders in Kabul in January, Kubis spoke directly to Afghan voters.

"I urge all eligible Afghan citizens, men and women, to exercise their franchise on the 5th of April. Do not let spoilers and terrorists deprive you of your choice, of your future. Participation as voters, election officials, and observers, is a rejection of force, violence and intimidation as the means by which your proud nation decides its leadership." 

Kubis also told the Council that elections will necessarily have losers but it should not be a "winner takes all" contest.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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