The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, on Friday commended the Egyptian authorities for their organisation of the country’s presidential elections and the participation of the people.
Ban commendation is contained in a statement by his spokesperson Martin Nesirky at the UN Headquarters in New York.
``The Secretary-General has been following with interest Egypt’s presidential election process.
``These historic elections, in which Egyptians will freely choose their President from amongst numerous candidates, are an important milestone in Egypt’s democratic transition,'' the statement said.
It stated that in addition to his praise for the poll’s organisation and the public’s participation, Ban also welcomed initial reports of a strong turn-out of women voters.
``He also notes the calm and positive atmosphere in which the voting took place and looks forward to credible and peaceful conclusion of this process,’’ the statement added.
This is the first round of voting for a new president, the first since long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled by popular protests in January last year.
A runoff second-round is expected to be held on June 16 and June 17 , and the victor expected to be announced on June 21. (NAN)