UN chief hails holding of Cote d'Ivoire's second round presidential election

10:16, November 30, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday lauded the second round of the presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire despite violent incidents that occurred in various regions of the West African country.

"By exercising their right to vote for the second time in one month, the Ivorian people demonstrated again their desire for lasting peace and stability in their country," said a statement released here by Ban's spokesperson.

The secretary-general called on the Ivorian parties and candidates to refrain from announcing the results in advance of the Independent Electoral Commission.

The secretary-general "urges candidates and parties to abide by the law in the resolution of any disputes related to the electoral process," said the statement."He calls on them to play their part in maintaining a calm environment and to accept the proclaimed and certified results in a spirit of peace and reconciliation."

The secretary-general stressed that any interruption during the electoral process would not be in the interest of the people of Cote d'Ivoire "who have waited many years to reach a successful conclusion to the crisis, of which these elections are a critical step," said the statement.

The special representative of the UN secretary-general for Cote d'Ivoire, Choi Young-jin "will continue, in the context of his certification mandate, all his efforts to safeguard the electoral process so that the will of the Ivorian people will be respected," Ban said.

Cote d'Ivoire plunged into war following an attempted coup in 2002 by the ex-rebel New Forces, who still hold power in the northern part of the country while the government controls the south.

The West African nation has struggled to hold the presidential election since a 2007 peace deal broke years of deadlock between rebel forces and the government.

"The United Nations will provide its full support to the completion of the electoral operations and to the Ivorian peace process as a whole," the statement added.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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