Kenyaâ€™s â€œrelatively peacefulâ€ polls serve as an example of how electoral disagreements can be addressed without recourse to violence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Monday.
Mr Ban offered that observation at the start of a UN Security Council debate on ways to anticipate, prevent and respond to conflicts in Africa.
The UN leader also cautioned that elections could be a potential source of instability in some African countries, 20 of which are scheduled to hold national polls this year.
â€œConflicts breed where there is poor governance, human rights abuses and grievances over the unequal distribution of resources, wealth and power,â€ Mr Ban told the 15-member body in an opening address, pledging continued UN support for efforts by regional African organisations to prevent conflict.
In a statement, the Council also stressed that tackling the root causes of conflict was crucial to ensuring sustainable peace, in addition to partnership and cooperation between regional and sub-regional organisations in supporting conflict prevention and peace-building.-Nation