UN mission in Cote d'Ivoire says election marked by respect for democratic principles

08:19, November 02, 2010      

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The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Cote d'Ivoire, Choi Young-jin, declared on Monday that the previous day's presidential election in the West African country was marked by the enthusiasm of the population and the respect for democratic principles.

At a press conference held in Abidjan, Choi said the Ivorian people expressed themselves massively, showing the world their political maturity and their determination to put an end to the crisis which is undermining the country.

"The moment has come to safeguard the result. I have no doubt that the will of the Ivorian people will also be respected," he said.

Choi insured that no candidate will use undemocratic means to express his or her position with regard to the result of the election.

"I talked with the three main candidates and they gave guarantee to respect and accept the results," he explained.

The special envoy said he was delighted to the fact that the two-week election campaigns took place in discipline and mutual respect, although it aroused passion and emotions.

"In the noble task of safeguarding the result of the vote, I would like to assure the Ivorian people that they have a reliable partner in the international community," Choi said, urging "everyone" to have trust in the Independent Electoral Commission in charge of announcing the results.

The historic polls took place on Sunday. Ivorian people and the international community are hoping this election will restore peace in the country undermined by a politico-military crisis since 2002.

Source: Xinhua


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