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Upcoming National Elections ‘Important Milestone’ For Iraq

Upcoming National Elections ‘Important Milestone’ For Iraq, Ban Says Ahead Of Polls

New York, Apr 29 2014 11:00AM

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has <"http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7631">highlighted the importance of Wednesday’s national elections for peace and stability in Iraq and called for creating the necessary conditions to enable all citizens to participate in the polls.

Tomorrow Iraqis will cast their ballots for the Council of Representatives, or legislature, in what will be the country’s third national election under the 2005 Constitution. On the same day, voters in the Kurdistan Region will also choose their Governorate Council representatives.

“These elections mark an important milestone in Iraq’s democratic transition and can contribute to greater peace and stability in the country,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

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.

In addition, he strongly condemned the wave of violence and terrorist attacks that has targeted political leaders, candidates and electoral staff ahead of the elections and conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of those affected.

“He urges 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 statement added.

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