World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Secretary-General Urges Peaceful, Lawful Elections

Secretary-General Urges Peaceful, Lawful Elections As DR Congo Prepares For October Run-Off

New York, Sep 18 2006 7:00PM

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all parties and candidates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where run-off elections are scheduled for October, to ensure that the process is peaceful and lawful.

Mr. Annan’s comments followed a DRC Supreme Court decision last week validating the results of the first round of the 30 July presidential election and paving the way for a second round between President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba.

“The Secretary-General calls on the two candidates to adhere to the electoral calendar, which sets 29 October as the date both for the second presidential round and for the provincial assembly elections, and to reach an early agreement both on the rules of conduct for the electoral campaign and on mutual assurances for security anῤ political engagement thereafter, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a <"http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2006/sgsm10639.doc.htm">statement released in New York.

He also called on all candidates and political parties to ensure that the elections “are conducted in conditions of security, and are credible and transparent, and to respect the outcome,” the spokesman added.

“Any incitement to hatred and violence during the electoral period is unacceptable, and anyone engaging in such activity must be held accountable.”

The Secretary-General also pledged the UN’s commitment to provide “all possible support to the Congolese people in holding peaceful and successful elections” next month.

The Supreme Court found that during the first-round elections in July, President Kabila received 44.8 per cent of the vote to Vice President Bemba’s 20 per cent.

In August, supporters of the two clashed in the capital, Kinshasa. The candidates subsequently met face-to-face in a meeting that the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) characterized as “relaxed and conciliatory.”

The elections in the DRC were the first the country has held in 45 years and the largest and most complex the UN has ever helped to organize. They involve an electorate of 25.5 million casting votes at some 50,000 polling stations spread out over a territory roughly the size of Western Europe.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC