Statement by Minister Cannon on Results of 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan

(No. 374 - November 24, 2010 - 3:45 p.m.) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on today’s announcement by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission of its certification of the final results of the September 18, 2010, parliamentary elections for the lower house of the National Assembly in Afghanistan:

“The Government of Canada acknowledges the final, certified results released today by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission for the 2010 Afghan-led parliamentary elections. Results were provided for 34 out of 35 constituencies. We look forward to the certification of results in Ghazni province in due course.

“Canada recognizes the complexity of the electoral process and supports the hard work done by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. We welcome the efforts of the commissions to identify and address irregularities and fraud.

“Canada commends the Afghan people for their commitment to the electoral process through their participation in organizing, campaigning and voting. With a record number of candidates, including a record number of female candidates, and millions voting, Afghans demonstrated their support for the establishment of democratic institutions, many risking their lives to do so.

“Parliamentarians have an important constitutional and democratic responsibility. We look to the newly elected parliament to fulfill its role and represent the interests and needs of the Afghan people and government, and to work closely with the Afghan parliament.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Jacques Labrie
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874