UN chief hails new development in Sudanese elections

New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the new dev elopment in Sudan's first national elections in 24 years, which have ended acros s the African country.
Ban also congratulated all those who participated in the polls "which took place without any major incident of violence", and called on all parties to refrain f r om actions that could jeopardize the "peaceful conclusion" of the electoral proc e ss.
A UN statement on Friday, said: "The secretary-general congratulates all those w ho participated in the elections, which, despite the reported irregularities and opposition boycotts, took place without any major incident of violence.
'' In the statement, which was made available to PANA in New York on Friday, Ban al so welcomed the extension of the voting period from three to five days, which al l owed more people to exercise their right to vote.
"In the coming days and weeks, the secretary-general calls on all political lead ers and their supporters to refrain from actions that could jeopardize the peace f ul conclusion of the electoral process," it said.
Ban also called for electoral grievances to be addressed through legal and insti tutional channels and reviewed with transparency and fairness.
``The secretary-general welcomes efforts of the ruling parties to engage with op position candidates and parties, including those who boycotted the polls," the s t atement said.
``The secretary-general encourages all political actors in Sudan to tackle issue s in a spirit of dialogue, towards a peaceful electoral outcome and ongoing impl e mentation of the CPA," the statement also read.
The current Sudanese elections constitute a landmark in the implementation of th e Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed between North and South Sudan in 2 0 05, which ended an over two-decade civil war between the two sides.
It also paved the way for the referendum on self-determination for South Sudan, slated for January 2011.
Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC) is expected to announce final result s on 20 April.
Around 16 million Sudanese voters cast their votes in the first multi-party elec tion in the country since 1986 to elect their representatives for the presidency , and the president of government of South Sudan.
They also voted to elect the state governors and members of the national assembl y and the state legislative councils.

16 april 2010 14:12:00

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