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UN chief calls on Senegalese to ensure peaceful presidential run-off

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 2 March 2012
Cite as UN News Service, UN chief calls on Senegalese to ensure peaceful presidential run-off, 2 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f5726712.html [accessed 30 September 2014]
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Senegal for a peaceful and orderly first round of presidential balloting and appealed for the same commitment as the country prepares for a second round of voting.

"He acknowledges the role and contribution of national stakeholders, including electoral authorities, security forces, civil society and political parties in upholding Senegal's long-standing democratic tradition," his spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.

Although there was concern as voters went to the polls last Sunday given the violence that had marred the campaign, media reports say the election took place in relative peace. Incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is now set to face former prime minister Macky Sall in a run-off vote.

"As the country prepares for a second round of voting to determine its future leadership, the Secretary-General appeals, once again, for the same spirit of civic responsibility and democratic commitment to prevail throughout the process," said last night's statement.

It added that the UN will continue to support national efforts towards a peaceful, credible and transparent conclusion of the presidential election in Senegal.<

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