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Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:04

UN Envoy calls for active participation in Governorate Council Elections

Baghdad, 18 April 2013 – In the run-up to the Governorate Council elections, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, emphasizes the importance of the active participation of all eligible Iraqis for the success of the poll. “I am calling on all women and men to cast their ballots for a better future for them and their children,” the UN envoy said.

“My appeal goes particularly to the young Iraqis, because you are the future of this country,” Mr. Kobler added.

Stressing that it is the duty of all political leaders to safeguard the integrity of the democratic process, Mr. Kobler underlined that “consolidation of democracy will depend on the willingness of Iraq's political leaders to collectively ensure a transparent and peaceful election, free of intimidation or political interference”.
 
“Of equal importance is my appeal to the Iraqi security forces to remain on heightened alert and to enable voters to reach polling centres and cast their vote in a safe environment, without fear of violence,” he concluded.

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