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UNAMA encourages eligible Afghans to take part in elections

UNAMA encourages eligible Afghans to take part in elections

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Oct 19, 2018 - 16:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Friday voiced on all eligible Afghan citizens to use the opportunity and exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 20 Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections.

On the other hand, UNAMA expressed deep concern over recent public statements made by the Talibaninfo-icon, especially those that indicate their intention to carry out attacks against schools that will be used as polling centres.

UNAMA in a statement asked Afghan officials concerned to ensure that the elections can take place in a secure and safe environmentinfo-icon.

About the Taliban’s threat to target polling stations, UNAMA said, “The elections are a civilian undertaking, and schools used as polling centres cannot be regarded as military targets,”

Working in or attending polling stations cannot under any circumstances be regarded as military targets, as civilians present at polling stations do not lose their status as civilians, the source said.

It added international humanitarian law explicitly prohibited attacks against civilians and acts or threats of violence aimed at terrorizing the civilian population.

UNAMA urged the Taliban to respect and protect civilians and not to threaten them or carry out violence and let Afghans engage in their constitutional right to participate in elections.

The UN Mission deplores the level of violence that has taken many lives in the run-up to the elections, the statement said.

“UNAMA re-emphasizes that attacks directed against polling centres and civilians participating in the electoral process are clear violations of international law, and perpetrators of such crimes must be held accountable” the source concluded.

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