Statement by High Commissioner Alexandre Lévêque on Zanzibar Election

High Commissioner Alexandre Lévêque today issued the following statement on developments in the elections held in Zanzibar on October 25, 2015:

“Canada remains concerned by the statement issued by the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission in which the election results in Zanzibar were declared null and void.

Canada calls on the Election Management Boards to respect due democratic processes, by resuming and completing the tally process swiftly. In order to prevent any further unrest, we call upon all sides to exercise restraint and appeal to their supporters to stay calm and refrain from violent action. 

Canada strongly encourages all parties to immediately find a peaceful resolution.”