The Secretary-General applauds the Government and the people of Côte d’Ivoire for the peaceful and inclusive legislative elections of 18 December. He congratulates Ivorian political parties for their active participation in the elections and the Commission électorale indépendante for its efforts in ensuring the people’s right to vote. He also appreciates the positive role of international and national electoral observation teams, as well as the engagement of Ivorian civil society, which enhanced the transparency and credibility of the elections.
The Secretary-General commends the immense progress achieved by Côte d‘Ivoire with the conclusion of a free and fair presidential election in October 2015 and the constitutional referendum in October 2016. The successful conclusion of the legislative election confirms Côte d’Ivoire’s steady march towards lasting peace and stability.
The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, including the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, to continue supporting Côte d’Ivoire in sustaining the gains achieved in its consolidation of peace, stability and long-term prosperity.