UN chief pleased with elections in Solomon Islands

15:02, August 28, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon has commended Solomon Islands for holding successful parliamentary elections, his spokesperson Martin Nesirky said here Friday.

"The secretary-general commends the people of Solomon Islands for participating in peaceful, orderly parliamentary elections this month, leading to the election of the prime minister by parliament on Aug. 25," said Nesirky. "This demonstrates the commitment of Solomon Islanders to peace and democracy."

The island chain in the southwest Pacific has experienced extensive ethnic conflict and deteriorating security for over a decade, making it difficult to hold peaceful elections for national officials.

Aug. 4, 2010 marked a milestone for Solomon Islands as parliamentary elections went smoothly. On Wednesday, the parliament elected a new prime minister, Danny Philip.

According to Nesirky, the secretary-general expressed his pleasure that the UN was able to help Solomon Islands with the elections and "contributed to the conduct of the elections by successfully coordinating the deployment of international observers."

Upon receiving a request for assistance with the election, the UN sent a number of representatives to help monitor the election process and ensure fair elections.

Nesirky said that Ban has also taken note of statements of observer groups that discussed what went right in the election, and what could be done better the next time Solomon Islanders go to the polls.

The secretary-general "encourages the government to address and implement these recommendation in order to improve the electoral process for the future," Nesirky.

Source: Xinhua


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