Fate of Afghanistan in hands of the people: UN envoy

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Ján Kubiš (right), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), witnesses the historic voting at a polling station. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

The people of Afghanistan have the fate of their country in their hands.

That's the message from the UN's top envoy in the country ahead of elections on Saturday.

No candidate received the required 51 per cent of votes to win the first round of the election in April.

Two candidates are taking part in the second ballot on June 14th.

The Secretary -General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, had this message for voters.

"It is only the people of Afghanistan that can make the decision for the country, no one else can make and should not be allowed to make decision on their behalf. That's why my first message to the people of Afghanistan: use the opportunity, deliver the necessary change, reinforce the fundaments of your future, take part in the elections. You have the fate of yourself, of your children, of your country in your hands – go and vote."

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.

The country 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.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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