“He applauds the Independent Electoral Commission for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner in accordance with the law and the Constitution of Côte d’Ivoire,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He also wishes to acknowledge the role played by the different electoral observation teams, including from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States,” it added.In addition, Mr. Ban acknowledged, in particular, the “commendable engagement” of civil society, which he underlined as having contributed to enhancing the transparency and credibility of the elections. “The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls confirms that Côte d’Ivoire is returning towards lasting peace and stability,” the statement noted. “He commends the Ivorian leadership and people for their tireless efforts over the past five years to consolidate peace, and promote democracy and the rule of law. He is hopeful that the same democratic and peaceful spirit will prevail in the conduct of the upcoming legislative elections.”The UN chief also said he looks forward to working closely with President Ouattara and the people of Côte d’Ivoire in defining the future role of the UN in support of the consolidation of peace, stability and democracy in the country.