INA - BAGHDAD
The United Nations issued a statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, on Iraq’s parliamentary elections, on Monday.
“The Secretary-General commends the women and men of Iraq for their determination to make their voices heard through the ballot box on 10 October,” according to the statement that was received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
He notes the “extensive efforts made by the relevant electoral and security bodies to ensure the largely peaceful conduct of the early parliamentary elections,” as he called for by the people of Iraq “in their quest for reform, accountability and a better future,”
Dujarric urged all stakeholders to “show patience and respect for the electoral timeline,” while the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tabulates the results, to resolve any electoral disputes that may “arise through established legal channels, and to complete the electoral process by forming a government as soon as possible,”
The Secretary-General reaffirmed that the UN “remains fully committed” to supporting the government and people of Iraq.