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UN Special Rep: Afghan Voters Have the Right to Determine their Future

FILE - Jan Kubis, the U.N. Secretary-General's special representative to Afghanistan.
The U.N. secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan told voters they have the right to determine their own future in this week's presidential election.

The Taliban has vowed to use violence to disrupt the national and local elections. It warns voters to stay home.

Special Representative Jan Kubis urged Afghan citizens not to let anyone to deprive them of the chance and their right to vote.

Kubis said there might be difficulties and security problems, but Afghanistan is much better prepared for Saturday's election than it was in 2009. He said there is hope the Afghan people will come through "with flying colors."

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for election-related violence, including Tuesday's suicide bombing outside the Afghan Interior Ministry, killing at least six police officers.