UN chief congratulates Zambia on peaceful elections

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Zambia for the peaceful and orderly presidential, parliamentary and local elections, as well as the referendum on the Bill of Rights, held on 11 August.

“The Secretary-General recalls Zambia’s history of peaceful elections, and the democratic transition he witnessed when he visited the country in 2012,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said yesterday in a statement.

The Secretary-General reminded all parties, especially political leaders and their supporters, of their responsibility to reject violence and refrain from the use of inflammatory and incendiary language, the spokesperson added.

Mr. Ban also reminded them to resolve differences or disputes through constitutional means and in line with international norms and standards, the spokesperson added.

The UN remains committed to supporting Zambia’s democratic governance and sustainable development and will continue to work closely with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth and other international partners, the spokesperson said.

Source: UN News Centre