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Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on the Upcoming Presidential Election in Senegal

By United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General

NEW YORK, February 23, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- As Senegal prepares to hold its presidential election scheduled for Sunday, 26 February 2012, the Secretary-General reiterates his calls for a peaceful, credible and transparent process in line with Senegal's longstanding democratic tradition and the aspirations of its people. He deplores recent violent incidents that have led to the loss of lives in the run-up to the elections and emphasizes the need to respect the right for peaceful and orderly assembly. He calls on political actors to refrain from using or inciting violence during the electoral period and appeals once again for all electoral disputes to be resolved through legal and peaceful means.

The Secretary-General expresses support for initiatives contributing to the conduct of an orderly and transparent poll.

New York, 23 February 2012