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Afghan Election Monitor Calls for Protection of Civilians, Condemns Election Violence

Kabul, 6 September, 2010 –The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) Monday condemned recent killings of candidates and campaigners preparing for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections, and called on security forces to increase efforts to prevent further bloodshed ahead of the September 18 poll. Since the beginning of the campaigns in late June, 3 candidates and at least 11 campaign staff have been killed across Afghanistan, and many more have been abducted, assaulted, intimidated, and seriously injured in attacks on candidates. Most of these attacks have been attributed to insurgent groups and local powerbrokers seeking to thwart or sway the elections through violence. On August 4, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the media, “Everything and everyone affiliated with the elections is our target –candidates, security forces, campaigners, election workers, voters are all our targets." FEFA strongly disagreed. “We ask Taliban to respect the choices of those who wish to participate in the elections,” said Nader Nadery, chairman of the non-governmental election observer and advocacy organization. “Under international law, they have an obligation to refrain from attacking civilians. And all candidates must respect the nature of a democratic system and seek office peacefully.” As many as 10 campaign staff were killed in a NATO airstrike in Takhar province on August 2, according to media reports. The incident is now under investigation. Afghan Election Monitor Calls for Protection of Civilians, Condemns Election Violence Saturday, 28 August 2010 08:59 - Last Updated Wednesday, 08 September 2010 08:57 “We urge the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to recognize the fragility of the electoral environment and take extra precautions to avoid harming civilians involved in pre-election activities,” said Nadery. “Afghan security forces also need to increase efforts to protect vulnerable people involved in the elections.”

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9/6/2010

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FEFA

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Election 2010

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