Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan

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The Afghan people have voted this weekend, showing that even threats to their security will not prevent them from choosing a peaceful, democratic future for their country.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the run-up to and during the polling days.

While organisational challenges and incidents were reported, good mobilisation of voters was noted, including among women.

In the coming weeks, it is essential that the Afghan electoral bodies continue to fulfil their mandate and that any complaint and appeal proceedings are conducted in a fair and transparent manner, in full respect of electoral laws and procedures.

The European Union will continue to work, along with our international partners, for a brighter future for all Afghans.