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Envoy Calls for Peaceful, Fair Burundi Elections

UN Envoy Calls on Burundi Leaders to Ensure Peaceful, Fair Elections

New York, Jun 1 2005 5:00PM

The United Nations envoy for Burundi today reminded political leaders in that country of their responsibilities in ensuring that Friday’s long-delayed municipal elections were peaceful and fair.

"The world is watching you," Carolyn McAskie said at a press conference in the capital city of Bujumbura, asking the leaders to refrain from any fraudulent acts and to respect the Code of Conduct for political parties and the media.

She also urged leaders to refrain from acts of intimidation and commit themselves to accept election results once they are approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Ms. McAskie is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative heading the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), set up last May to help cement a multi-party government, provide technical and logistical aid to CENI and pave the way to peace in the tiny Central African nation torn asunder by ethnic conflict.

The municipal ballot will be the first of a series of four other elections, including Parliamentarian elections (July 4), Senatorial (July 19), Presidential (August 19), and District-level elections (September 23).

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