Afghanistan elections "true historic moment", says UN top envoy

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Ján Kubiš, UN top envoy, visits polling centre during 5 April Afghan elections

Ján Kubiš, UN top envoy, visits polling centre during 5 April Afghan elections

It's a true historic moment for Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country said as the nation held Presidential and Provincial Council elections on Saturday.

Braving bad weather, threats and intimidation, Afghans showed their resolve by coming out to vote, said Ján Kubiš who is also the head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

These polls mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another.

Speaking to reporters outside a polling centre in Kabul, Mr. Kubiš said he hoped these elections would open a new chapter for the country.

"This is a very good day for Afghanistan and I would like to congratulate the people of Afghanistan for very historic moment and I am very much encouraged and touched by the people of Afghanistan because now we are receiving report – of course it's too early to say- but many people are showing their wish to vote, they are queuing in all places around the country."

These elections are the first to be under the full control of Afghan authorities.

On Friday, one international journalist was killed and another wounded in what the UN's top envoy in Afghanistan described as an "abhorrent" attack.

The tragic incident follows a recent spate of attacks, most of which have targeted elections facilities in Kabul and other cities around the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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