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Nearly two months after the date when presidential election preliminary results were to be announced, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, called upon all stakeholders “to enable the electoral institutions to exercise their responsibilities in full, including by addressing all complaints through the appropriate legal and institutional channels.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

16 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Security Council vote
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“I call upon all stakeholders to enable the electoral institutions to exercise their responsibilities in full, including by addressing all complaints through the appropriate legal and institutional channels. Once electoral complaints have been adjudicated in accordance with the law, I urge the candidates and their supporters to accept the outcome. When the election is completed with credibility, it will become a milestone in the history of establishing a representative political system of the country.”
4. Med shot, Aisha Khurram
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“Whatever the outcome of the presidential election may be, peace will be the issue of paramount importance to the new administration. Even while we await the outcome of the elections, efforts for peace have not ceased. Talks between the United States and Taliban have resumed. Efforts are underway to continue with intra-Afghan dialogue. President Ghani outlined his thoughts on peace at the Istanbul Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference. These efforts reflect the strong yearning for peace by all, particularly the people of Afghanistan.”
6. Med shot, Khurram and Yamamoto at the dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Aisha Khurram, Afghan Youth Delegate for the United Nations:
“We meet at a time when Afghanistan is in a critical but highly uncertain situation. The ongoing peace process, presidential elections, and the possible foreign troops withdrawal, are going hand-in-hand to define the fate and future of our country at a time when Afghans are deeply frustrated and weary of the continued violence. This isn’t just a war on terrorism anymore. This is now a war against innocent civilians that want nothing but peace.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Adela Raz, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations:
“As we wait for the results, it is now the critical responsibility of the Election Commission (IEC) to deliver the results of each vote casted by the people of Afghanistan. We are a committed and patient partner in this demanding task and hope that they are able to announce the results as soon as possible. In the meantime, we continue to call on all candidates to allow the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to carry out their obligations according to the existing mechanism and the Election Law.”
10. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Nearly two months after the date when presidential election preliminary results were to be announced, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, today (16 Dec) called upon all stakeholders “to enable the electoral institutions to exercise their responsibilities in full, including by addressing all complaints through the appropriate legal and institutional channels.”

Yamamoto urged candidates and their supporters “to accept the outcome” once electoral complaints have been adjudicated in accordance with the law.

He said, “when the election is completed with credibility, it will become a milestone in the history of establishing a representative political system of the country.”

The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said, “whatever the outcome of the presidential election may be, peace will be the issue of paramount importance to the new administration.”

He noted that peace efforts “have not ceased” and highlighted that “talks between the United States and Taliban have resumed; efforts are underway to continue with intra-Afghan dialogue;” and President Ghani has “outlined his thoughts on peace at the Istanbul Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference.”

In her address to the Council, Afghan Youth Delegate for the United Nations Aisha Khurram said, “Afghanistan is in a critical but highly uncertain situation.”

Khurram said, “the ongoing peace process, presidential elections, and the possible foreign troops withdrawal, are going hand-in-hand to define the fate and future of our country at a time when Afghans are deeply frustrated and weary of the continued violence.”

She said, “this isn’t just a war on terrorism anymore. This is now a war against innocent civilians that want nothing but peace.”

For her part, Afghan Ambassador Adela Raz said, “as we wait for the results, it is now the critical responsibility of the Election Commission (IEC) to deliver the results of each vote casted by the people of Afghanistan. We are a committed and patient partner in this demanding task and hope that they are able to announce the results as soon as possible. In the meantime, we continue to call on all candidates to allow the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to carry out their obligations according to the existing mechanism and the Election Law.”

Before today’s session, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the Afghan sanctions committee for a period of one year.
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