With the vote count underway, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday urged all stakeholders to exercise patience and respect electoral institutions.
“The members of the Security Council urge all stakeholders, including the candidates and their supporters, to be patient and respect the electoral institutions,” the Security Council said.
In a statement, the 15-member body said it looked forward to the announcement of the final results by the Independent Election Commission and working with the newly elected representatives of the people of Afghanistan.
Reiterating the importance of the elections to Afghanistan’s transition and democratic development, the Security Council applauded Afghan-led efforts to prepare for and hold the ballot.
“Welcoming the level of public debate during the campaign, which has enabled the people to discuss the issues that are important to them, Security Council commends the performance of Afghan National Security Forces in leading security arrangements for the elections.”
It denounced terrorist activities by the Taliban and other extremist groups, recognising the sacrifices of the Afghan people and security forces during the election period, and reiterate that no terrorist act could reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability.