UN chief urges Ethiopian authorities to ensure free polls

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following the talks in Moscow, Russia, May 12, 2021. (MAXIM SHEMETOV, POOL VIA AP)

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged Ethiopian authorities, political leaders, and their supporters, to ensure that all voters are able to cast their ballots freely and peacefully ahead of the elections in the country on Monday.

Through a statement attributable to his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief noted that these elections are taking place "in a challenging political and security environment" and called on all stakeholders "to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement."

"The secretary-general encourages leaders and participants in the elections to promote social cohesion and reject hate speech. He stresses that any electoral disputes should be resolved through dialogue and established legal channels," said the statement.

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