UN chief congratulates Nigeria on "largely peaceful" elections

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Nigeria flag (center). UN Photo/John Isaac

The people and Government of Nigeria have been congratulated by the UN Secretary-General on the "largely peaceful and orderly conduct" of presidential and parliamentary elections.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attacks reportedly carried out by the terrorist group Boko Haram in an attempt to disrupt the polling.

Last week, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his main challenger, Muhammadu Buharu were reported to have signed an agreement to prevent violence during the elections.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN chief said he was encouraged by the determination and resilience shown by the Nigerian people in pressing forward and exercising their civic duties in the face of what he called "unjustifiable violence".

Media reports indicated on Sunday that several hundred polling stations were still accepting ballots due to some technical glitches.

Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraging all Nigerians to continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and to exercise patience throughout the ongoing voting process and the announcement of the final results.

He called on all actors to channel any complaints that might arise through the established dispute resolution mechanisms.

The Secretary-General added that he believes that the successful conclusion of the electoral process will mark an important step forward in further consolidating democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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