EU congratulates Niger on the constitutional referendum
On Sunday, 31 October, a constitutional referendum took place in Niger. The EU, in the statement of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, welcomed high turnout and the peaceful and quiet manner in which the elections was held. This vote is an essential element on the way back to democracy and an important milestone of the ongoing transition process.
This vote is a first one in a series of elections still to take place. Parliamentary elections will follow on 31 January 2011 and presidential elections will be held on 31 January and 12 March 2011.