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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, told the Security Council that the presidential election scheduled for 28 September “will be a key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s democratic political structure.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tadamichi Yamamoto, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan:
“The presidential election scheduled for 28 September will be a key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s democratic political structure. Afghan citizens have displayed an enduring commitment to choosing their political leaders through elections in the face of threats and adverse security conditions.”
4. Med shot, Afghan Ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tadamichi Yamamoto, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan:
“The political stakes are high, and the competition is intense. It is the responsibility of all political actors, including presidential candidates, and of security and government agencies, to ensure that the elections are contested on a level playing field.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tadamichi Yamamoto, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan:
“Afghanistan cannot afford a contentious and protracted post-election crisis which could result in a Presidency with brittle domestic legitimacy. This would also harm the new President’s ability to bring the Afghan people together in a meaningful and representative peace process.”
8. Med shot, Yamamoto and Sima Samar
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Samar, Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission:
“After 18 years of cooperation and support from the international community, Afghanistan is entering a very important point in its history. Hope and optimism for promoting for protecting human rights and human dignity has never been higher. At the same time, the fear of going back to the time when the Afghans, especially women and minorities were denied their rights and freedom, has never been greater.”
10. Med shot, Yamamoto and Samar
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Adela Raz, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations:
“We have begun security and technical arrangements for the elections and we are in discussions with our international partners on various aspects of the process. We welcome the appointment of the UN advisers who will serve as international commissioners in the independent electoral commission, in order to provide technical support. We will spare no effort whatsoever to ensure a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process to meet the demands of our people and our political stability.”
12. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, today (19 Jun) told the Security Council that the presidential election scheduled for 28 September “will be a key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s democratic political structure.”

Yamamoto stated that “the political stakes are high, and the competition is intense” adding that it is “the responsibility of all political actors, including presidential candidates, and of security and government agencies, to ensure that the elections are contested on a level playing field.”

He said, “Afghanistan cannot afford a contentious and protracted post-election crisis which could result in a Presidency with brittle domestic legitimacy” as “this would also harm the new President’s ability to bring the Afghan people together in a meaningful and representative peace process.”

In that regard, the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, said that “after 18 years of cooperation and support from the international community, Afghanistan is entering a very important point in its history.”

She said “hope and optimism for promoting for protecting human rights and human dignity has never been higher. At the same time, the fear of going back to the time when the Afghans, especially women and minorities were denied their rights and freedom, has never been greater.”

For her part, Afghan Ambassador Adela Raz said, “we have begun security and technical arrangements for the elections and we are in discussions with our international partners on various aspects of the process. We welcome the appointment of the UN advisers who will serve as international commissioners in the independent electoral commission, in order to provide technical support. We will spare no effort whatsoever to ensure a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process to meet the demands of our people and our political stability.”

This will be the fourth time Afghans go to the polls to elect a president since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan in 2001.
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