Comoros: UN/AU chiefs "following closely" political development in Comoros

New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is following closely political developments in Comoros in the wake of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court ordering a partial re-run of the elections for President and for Governor of Anjouan.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to supporting the efforts of the Comorian authorities to create a climate of confidence, conducive to peaceful, inclusive and credible elections,” said a statement issued late Friday by his spokesperson.

According to the statement, the UN will work together with the African Union in this regard.

“The Secretary-General urges the Government and all the actors involved in the electoral process to respect the legislation and the established rules, in conformity with the protocol d’accord of 15 March 2016,” the statement concluded.

The new polls are scheduled for 11 May.

Meanwhile, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for a "smooth and peaceful" partial re-run of the elections in Anjouan Island saying she is "following with concern the political situation in the Union of The Comoros".

A statement issued by the AUC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia said that the Chairperson respects the decision of the Constitutional Court which declared that the re-run of elections be conducted in the 13 polling stations which encountered some election irregularities during the second round of the presidential elections held on 10 April 2016.

"The Chairperson would like to ensure that the electoral process in the Union of The Comoros is concluded peacefully and orderly in observance of law and all other agreements that the parties have concluded, including the 15 March Protocol d’Accord to enhance the credibility, transparency and security of elections," it said.

Accordingly, Dr. Dlamini Zuma has approved the deployment of African Union election expert observers to accompany the people of the Union of The Comoros in this process.

In addition, she appealed to presidential candidates, their supporters and all stakeholders to live up to the expectations of the people of the Union of The Comoros and avoid violence before, during and after the elections.

She encouraged all political actors and stakeholders to utilise recognised non-violence channels to address any elections-related dispute.
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07 may 2016 08:56:50

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