14 April 2014

Guinea Bissau: Chissano Urges Peace in Guinea-Bissau

Photo: IRIN/John James
First round voting in Guinea Bissau

Bissau — HEAD of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AU EOM), Joaquim Chissano, called on all voters to preserve the peaceful electoral atmosphere that has prevailed in Guinea-Bissau.

The former Mozambique President expressed hope that the elections would bring the Guinea-Bissau out of the current crisis, and mark the end of the cycle of violence and instability that the country has experienced since 2012.

Chissano has held meetings with election management bodies, presidential candidates, political parties, the Chief of General Staff of the armed forces, and civil society.

Following these meetings, the Head of the African Union Mission is confident that the elections will take place in the best conditions that Guinea-Bissau has ever known.

During his meetings, Chissano called on all candidates to respect the outcome of the poll and to resort to legal channels for any challenge to the results.

He particularly welcomed the decision of the Chief of General Staff of the armed forces to join the elected candidate in the efforts to rebuild Guinea-Bissau with all sectors of society.

Chissano urges the National Electoral Commission (CNE), political parties, candidates, the transitional authorities, the defense and security forces, the media and every citizen of Guinea-Bissau to maintain the peaceful atmosphere.

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