25 October 2013 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted the generally peaceful conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Madagascar, “after the political impasses of the recent past.”
In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Malagasy Government and important stakeholders to restore constitutional order.
“The Secretary-General expresses the hope that polling will be followed by the orderly counting and tallying of results,” the statement says, adding that the UN chief calls on the people and authorities of Madagascar to continue to maintain a peaceful environment and for all to accept the results and to address any complaints through established channels.
Applauding the support provided by Madagascar's partners both within the region and in the wider international community, the statement says that the UN has provided technical assistance to the Transitional Independent National Electoral Commission in preparing the elections, and has coordinated international technical and financial assistance.
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