Washington: US urges Guinea-Bissau to hold Credible Polls

The US has urged Guinea-Bissau to ‘take an important step forward’ by holding credible and timely elections this year.

‘The people of Guinea-Bissau deserve a democratic and responsive government worthy of their highest aspirations and ideals,’ US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a congratulatory message to the African nation on the occasion of its 40th independence anniversary being marked Tuesday.

‘Elections are only the beginning of a long road. We urge the transitional government to embrace – and implement – a robust agenda of national reconciliation, improved governance, fiscal transparency, and economic reforms. Leaders and political candidates must be publicly accountable to the citizens of Guinea-Bissau,’ he said.

Mr. Kerry pledged US support to Guinea-Bissau in this process, adding: ‘We look forward to a long-term relationship. As you celebrate this special day, I wish all the people of Guinea-Bissau peace and prosperity in the coming year.’

In a related development, the US has welcomed the agreement between the government and political parties in Guinea to delay legislative elections from 24 Sept. to 28 Sept..

It said with this additional time, the technical preparations are now in place for elections and all parties are focused on the campaign.

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