23 February 2012

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

Secretary-General Calls for Peaceful, Credible Presidential Elections in Senegal


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

As Senegal prepares to hold its presidential election scheduled for Sunday, 26 February, the Secretary-General reiterates his calls for a peaceful, credible and transparent process in line with Senegal’s longstanding democratic tradition and the aspirations of its people.  He deplores recent violent incidents that have led to the loss of lives in the run-up to the elections and emphasizes the need to respect the right for peaceful and orderly assembly.  He calls on political actors to refrain from using or inciting violence during the electoral period and appeals once again for all electoral disputes to be resolved through legal and peaceful means.

The Secretary-General expresses support for initiatives contributing to the conduct of an orderly and transparent poll.

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