Equatoguinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at election booth
New York, US- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release by Guinea’s National Independent Electoral Commission of the provisional results of the legislative elections, nearly three weeks after citizens headed to the polls.
A PANA correspondent in New York, quoting a statement on Saturday, reports that Ban commended the Guinean government, institutions and all other national stakeholders for their contribution to the organisation and conduct of the elections.
According to the provisional results, President Alpha Conde’s ruling Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) secured 53 seats in the 114-member parliament. The main opposition party had 37 seats, while the rest went to smaller parties.
Ban also praised the sustained efforts of the College of Facilitators and the Follow-up Committee of the 3 July Agreement on the organisation of the elections.
The secretary-general also expressed the hope that a peaceful atmosphere would be maintained with the release of the results.
He called on all parties to maintain calm and to resolve any disputes through legal channels, saying the United Nations would continue to support Guinea’s efforts to strengthen its democratic governance and institutions.
Guinea’s long-delayed legislative election was held on 28 September, following talks in Conakry between the government and opposition parties.
An agreement to hold elections in September was signed in Conakry, the country’s capital, on 3 July, at the end of the UN-mediated inter-Guinean political dialogue that was launched on 28 March.