New York

11 April 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau

On the eve of the presidential and legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau on 13 April, the Secretary-General calls on the people and institutions of Guinea-Bissau to ensure the conduct of peaceful and credible elections. The candidates and their supporters, the Transitional Government, election management bodies, civil society and the population at large all have an important role to play in this regard.

The successful conclusion of the elections will contribute to the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, the promotion of the rule of law, and the resumption of suspended international assistance to the country. It will also pave the way for greater political stability and the implementation of long-term programmes to consolidate peace and promote state-building and socioeconomic development, with the support of international partners.

The Secretary-General urges all candidates to respect the official results when announced by the Supreme Court and to follow the existing legal procedures to resolve any electoral disputes that may arise.