Secretary-General calls on people of
to exercise their democratic rights in Sunday's election iraq
The following statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the elections in
I have a message to the people of
To those who seek to disrupt the democratic process, let me say that there can never be justification for murder and intimidation of voters, candidates and election workers. Don't deny Iraqis who choose to vote their right to do so in freedom and safety.
These elections are the crucial first step toward a new constitution and a free and stable Iraq. At this important juncture in Iraq's political transition, I say to all Iraqis: come together to rebuild your country on democratic foundations. To achieve that, after these elections you will need a national dialogue and an inclusive political process in which as many Iraqis as possible play an active part. The United Nations will do whatever it can to help you succeed on election day and afterwards.
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