National elections in Iraq important for peace and security: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

National elections in Iraq mark an important milestone in the country's democratic transition and can contribute to greater peace and stability, according to a statement released by the Secretary-General.

Iraqis are casting their ballots on Wednesday for the Council of Representatives or legislature, in what will be the country's third national election under the 2005 Constitution, the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters.

On the same day, voters in the Kurdistan region will also choose their Governorate Council representatives.

"Last night we issued a statement by the Secretary-General on Monday strongly condemned the wave of violence and terrorist attacks that has targeted political leaders, candidates and electoral staff ahead of the elections. The Secretary-General urged all political leaders and personalities to create the conditions necessary to enable all Iraqi men and women to participate in the electoral process and to have their say on the future of their country."

The Secretary-General welcomed the progress made by the Independent High Electoral Commission in holding these elections on time and in line with national commitments and international standards.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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