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US renews call for credible presidential vote

US renews call for credible presidential vote

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Sep 19, 2019 - 11:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States once again called for a free, credible and transparent presidential election, asking all parties, including the Talibaninfo-icon, to ensure voters could get to polling centres on election day.

The State Department said: “Along with other international donors, we have called repeatedly for the Afghan government and electoral institutions to make preparations for a credible … election.”

A statement from the State Department said Afghan voters, risking their lives to participate in elections, deserved to know the outcome accurately reflected their choice.

Coalition forces and donors who had sacrificed to give Afghans the ability to choose their leaders deserved to have this confidence as well, the statement added.

“We hold all candidates accountable to the code of conduct they signed. We call on all parties, including the Taliban, to ensure voters can go to polling centers on election day without fear of intimidation, attack, or violence.

“We strongly condemn the threats made today by the Taliban against election workers and voters.  Any attempt to intimidate, coerce, or buy voters is an attack on democracy. 

“We offer our strong support to the Afghan National Security Forces, who day-in and day-out sacrifice their lives for the cause of peace and stability.”

Meanwhile, US Ambassador John Bass tweeted: “We expect Afghanistaninfo-icon’s institutions to take all necessary steps to ensure the election is transparent and credible to Afghan voters. We hold all candidates accountable to the code of conduct they signed.”

sa/mud

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