New York, US – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced happiness with the “generally peaceful” conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Madagascar, “after the political impasses of the recent past”.
PANA in New York, quoting a UN statement on Saturday, reported that Ban also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Malagasy government and important stakeholders to restore constitutional order.
He expressed the hope that polling would be followed by the orderly counting and tallying of results.
He also called on the people and authorities of Madagascar to continue to maintain a peaceful environment and for all to accept the results and to address any complaints through established channels.
Applauding the support provided by Madagascar’s partners both within the region and in the wider international community, Ban also said that the UN has provided technical assistance to the Transitional Independent National Electoral Commission in preparing the elections, and has coordinated international technical and financial assistance.