14 April 2014

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

Secretary-General, Commending Conduct of Elections in Guinea-


Bissau, Calls on All to Respect Official Results

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

The Secretary-General commends the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in yesterday’s presidential and legislative elections.  By participating in high numbers, they have clearly expressed their desire for the full return to constitutional order in their country.  The Secretary-General commends the election management bodies for their determined efforts to ensure the timely holding of the elections.  He thanks Guinea-Bissau’s international partners for providing vital technical and financial support that contributed to the successful holding of the elections.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call to all candidates to respect the official results when announced by the Supreme Court and to follow existing legal procedures to resolve any electoral disputes.  The United Nations will continue to support the people and Government of Guinea-Bissau as they work towards greater political stability, rule of law, State-building and socioeconomic development.

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