Tasamichi Yamamoto, leading the UN mission in Afghanistan said that it is time for some important decisions in the country. He believes that these decisions are going to have an effect on the fundamental fabric of the society along with the future of Afghanistan. He said this in reference to the elections that were slated for 20th October and first time since the year 2010 and the ministerial conference in Geneva on 28th of November which was co-chaired by UN and the Afghan Government.
Apart from the positive development which had been cited by the Special Representative, the candidate list had been finalized on time to print ballots, over nine million Afghans had registered to vote, and different safeguard methods for fraud are now in place.
He has stated that he has met several Afghans across the country that has impressed upon him the desire to use their right to elect their representative. According to him, many people are going to face considerable risk to do this. Preparations are in progress and he is concerned about the political and security challenges which might jeopardize the tight schedules and can also derail the election.
Political concerns have to address through the institutional mechanism and not with the help of the blockades as noted by the head of UNAMA which urges the political institutions and the actors to do their duties, think of the Afghan people, and act responsibly keeping in mind the bitter past of the country.
The decade oil conflict still wreaks destruction and death across the country. In the month of July, UNAMA is going to release figures which will highlight the tragic effect that this conflict had on the civilians showing that the first half of 2018 was the deadliest for the Afghans as the Mission started documenting casualties in the year 2009.
Insecurities are also having an effect on the aid workers and the journalists. This year 13 journalist is known to have lost their lives and many more have also been injured, 23 aid workers had been killed, 37 injured, and 74 abducted. This makes Afghanistan the most dangerous country to work in when it comes to the aid sector.
In the year 2017, the country had witness and unprecedented political space for peace when the Government had extended an offer to the Taliban to get involved in talk without any preconditions which lead to the temporary ceasefire in June and August that wasn’t reciprocated by the Taliban.