1 December 2010

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Urges Immediate Release of Provisional Results


in Côte d’Ivoire’s Presidential Run-off Election


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has taken note of the preliminary findings by the international observer missions that the second round of the Ivorian presidential election on 28 November was conducted in an overall satisfactory and credible manner.  The Secretary-General also recalls that his Special Representative has found the elections to have been conducted in a democratic climate, despite some regrettable incidents, some of which were violent, in different parts of the country.

The Secretary-General urges the Independent Electoral Commission to announce the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election without delay, today, 1 December 2010.  He calls upon all stakeholders to allow the Independent Electoral Commission to complete its work without interference in order to ensure the integrity of the results of the election.  The Secretary-General emphasizes that any disruption in the electoral process would not be in the interest of the people of Côte d’Ivoire or the future stability of the country.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General will continue, in the context of his certification mandate, all his efforts to safeguard the electoral process so that the will of the Ivorian people, as expressed in the election, will be respected.  The United Nations will continue to provide its full support to the completion of the electoral operations and to the Ivorian peace process as a whole.

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