1 December 2010

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

Secretary-General Regrets Delay in Announcing Côte d’Ivoire Election Results

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

The Secretary-General regrets that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has not yet announced the provisional results of the run-off presidential election that was held on 28 November in Côte d'Ivoire.

The Secretary-General recalls that the announcement of the run-off provisional national results by the Commission is a key element of the integrity and validity of the electoral process, and thereby is an important element in the process of the certification of the final results by his Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire.

The Secretary-General stresses the need for the Independent Electoral Commission to complete its work and announce the provisional results without further delay.  If required, more time should be given to the Independent Electoral Commission for this purpose.

The Secretary-General requests all the Ivorian stakeholders and institutions to demonstrate responsibility and to refrain from any initiative until the announcement of the provisional results by the IEC.

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