UN envoy urges Afghans to vote in run-off poll

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMA). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The people of Afghanistan have been urged by the top United Nations official in the country to take part in the second round of presidential elections due to take place in June.

Speaking on a trip to the western province of Herat, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, reaffirmed the world body's commitment to the country.

He said the Afghan people have high expectations for the run-off vote.

"As regards the elections and the two candidates. Indeed, people in Afghanistan expect the vote to be fair, that they would have a chance to vote and that the new President and the new leadership of the country will be selected in a fair vote based on the merits and based on the attraction of their programme that each of the candidates will now present to the attention of the people."  (28″)

The polls mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another and are the first to be under the full control of Afghan authorities.

Afghanistan has been troubled by decades of instability.

In recent years the outlawed Taliban movement has been blamed for a series of attacks across the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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