UN chief commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful elections

Civic education officials visit communities to explain voting procedures ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 13 April, 2014 Photo: UNDP Guinea Bissau

14 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in yesterday’s presidential and legislative elections, and called on all candidates to respect the upcoming results.

“By participating in high numbers, they have clearly expressed their desire for the full return to constitutional order in their country,” said Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric in a statement.

“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.”

In his statement, 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,” adding that the UN will continue to support the people and Government of Guinea-Bissau as they work towards greater political stability, rule of law, State-building and socio-economic development.


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