UN Secretary-General appeals to the Kenyans to continue to maintain calm and patience as they wait for the final results of the elections

NEW YORK, March 6, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? ?As you know, I spoke to President [Mwai] Kibaki last week. I have been encouraged thus far by the largely peaceful and orderly process, despite some incidents of violence and some technical problems. We have all seen the inspiring images of Kenyans turning out in large numbers, with great patience, to exercise their democratic rights.

I know the Kenyan people are now eagerly awaiting the final results. I appeal to them ? and in particular the candidates, political leaders and their supporters ? to maintain the same calm and patience, to allow the electoral commission to complete its tallying of the votes, and to refrain from any pronouncements that could undermine its authority or cause tension. A peaceful, credible conclusion to the election is within Kenya?s reach and would be a significant step for Kenyan democracy and stability?, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.




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