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Summary: 1 November 2010, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement today on the referendum in Niger:
"I would like to congratulate the people of Niger for having numerously participated in the referendum held on October 31st, and for the peaceful and quiet manner the referendum took place. This vote is an essential element on the way back to democracy and an important milestone of the ongoing transition process. It also is the first vote in a series of elections still to take place. I therefore encourage the Niger authorities to continue the current transition process, in line with the commitments taken in this respect. I am also confident that the Independent National Electoral Commission will swiftly publish the final results of the referendum, in full compliance with procedures."