IFES Condemns Attacks on the Afghan Election Commission

Publication Date: 
31 Mar 2014

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The following is a statement by Bill Sweeney, President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), regarding recent attacks on the headquarters and provincial offices of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC):

“IFES vehemently condemns the recent attacks on the IEC and other attacks against those working to support, or take part in, the electoral process. These senseless acts of violence will not deter the Afghan people from pursuing a legitimate transfer of power by the ballot, not the bullet. We stand with our Afghan counterparts, both the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), as they work to ensure Afghan citizens can exercise their fundamental right to vote and be heard in the historic presidential and provincial council elections taking place on April 5th.”