04 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-218

Statement by COMISAF

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Independent Elections Commission has stated that it "is preparing to conduct transparent, fair, secret and general elections, which will be acceptable to the people of Afghanistan and the international community and legitimise the system, based on the previous decision."

COMISAF welcomes today's statement by Afghan authorities reaffirming 20 Aug as the date of Afghanistan's 2009 presidential and provincial council elections. ISAF remains committed to supporting the Afghan National Security Forces in providing security for the elections. General David McKiernan stated that "national elections held no earlier than 20 August will allow ISAF to provide the right security conditions in support of the ANSF."

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/