UN peacekeeping chief commends Afghans for preparations for electionsListen /
The people of Afghanistan have been commended by the head of UN peacekeeping operations for improvements in preparations for elections.
On 5 April, Afghans will cast their votes for a new president and their provincial council leaders.
Hervé Ladsous briefed the press at the office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday.
He said it is very important that every eligible voter can exercise his or her right to vote and have a say in shaping the future of the country.
Mr. Ladsous stressed that the elections are Afghan-led and owned and the United Nations is there only to lend technical assistance to the Afghan electoral authorities.
"I have been very pleased to see that compared to previous elections, the preparations for this consultation are characterized by important improvements. I am also pleased to see that a lot has been done to allow the voters to cast their votes in safety and that measures have been taken in particular to improve the security environment. Really, that has to be commended."
The head of UN peacekeeping operations also highlighted the importance of the vital role Afghan women ought to play in the elections not only as voters, but also as candidates and election workers.
He said as in many other areas, women have a key role to play and without them, there would not be a truly representative and credible vote.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations