Ban congratulates JK, Tanzanians for peaceful polls By The guardian reporter 8th November 2010 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated President Jakaya Kikwete and all Tanzanians for the peaceful 2010 General Election. In his message, Ban Ki-moon said: Mr. President, allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate your government, people of Tanzania and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) for concluding General election which was well prepared and conducted in peaceful and transparent environment. The UN Chief commended electoral authorities, the parties and political leaders who "demonstrated in these elections their commitment to peace and democracy. Ban Ki Moon assured President Kikwete of his support and cooperation and that the UN will continue to work closely with Tanzania in ensuring that objectives of the UN are met for the benefit and development of Tanzanians. Meanwhile Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has congratulated President Kikwete on his re-election as President of Tanzania. In a statement availed to this paper yesterday from the Norwegian embassy and signed by Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen, Embassy Secretary (Political affairs and Communication), the president said: I would also like to commend the peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted. Through this process Tanzania has consolidated its democracy, says Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The PM has also congratulated the new political leaders of Zanzibar. We look forward to working closely with the Government of National Unity. I believe that this government will serve all Zanzibaris well and ensure peace and stability for Zanzibar and for the Union, the Prime Minister said. Norway commended the Tanzanian people for the dignified and disciplined manner in which they have continued to embrace democracy. At the same time Norway takes note of the concerns raised by international election observers and trusts that these concerns will be addressed in the right manner by the government authorities, he said. President Kikwete won by 61.17 percent and was worn in on Saturday to serve his second and last term. SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN ---- Mungu Ibariki Tanzania.