Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for the peaceful and orderly elections held yesterday, the first one run entirely by the Government since the end of the West African nation’s brutal civil war 10 years ago.

The voter turnout was reportedly high for the four elections – presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral – held on Saturday, the results of which will not be known for about 10 days.

“The high voter turnout and the remarkable calm displayed by the country’s citizens as they cast their votes are a clear manifestation of their desire for peace, democracy and development,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.