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Madagascar: UN chief commends nation on first round of peaceful elections

The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar’s next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful nature of the vote, which now moves to a second round run-off next month.

News in Brief 25 October 2018

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UN chief congratulates people of Lesotho on peaceful national elections

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election.

UN welcomes signing of political agreement on elections in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls.

Somalia: Welcoming new Federal Parliament, Ban urges completion of electoral process

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the inauguration of the new Federal Parliament of Somalia on 27 December and warmly congratulated the people of Somalia on this historic achievement in their quest for universal suffrage by 2020.

In DR Congo, UN Security Council delegation calls for consensual, inclusive electoral calendar

Visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council called on Congolese political and social actors to take greater responsibility to adopt a consensual and inclusive electoral calendar and asked that the ban on public demonstrations be lifted.

Belarus: Smooth-looking polls ‘lipstick measures on face of violations,’ says UN rights expert

A United Nations expert on the human rights situation in Belarus said today that Sunday’s parliamentary elections were no different from all the previous ones because citizens’ right to a free and fair election continued to be abused in the grip of entrenched repressive laws and institutions.

UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon

On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.

UN chief ‘following closely’ political developments in Comoros

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is following closely political developments in Comoros in the wake of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court ordering a partial re-run of the elections for President and for Governor of Anjouan.

'Dismal' human rights situation in Belarus unchanged after election, UN expert warns

The United Nations-appointed monitor of the human rights situation in Belarus warned today that opposition leaders, activists, journalists, and many other citizens have been subjected to harassment, administrative procedures and fines since the country's October presidential election.