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Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba votes during the presidential election in Libreville, Gabon, August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Gerauds Wilfried Obangome

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed agreement to the manner in which Presidential elections were held in the Republic of Gabon on 27 August 2016, which recorded a high turnout of voters.

The OIC -formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference- is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.

The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.

OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Ameen Madani lauded all Gabonese voters for their dedication and commitment to democracy and to the rule of law during the electoral process.

Moreover, he urged all political stakeholders to refrain from any violence and only resort to the legal channels in order to address any political difference to avoid risking the peace and stability Gabon has been enjoying over several decades.

Madani also indicated that the different presidential candidates have to accept the outcome of the vote expressed by the will of the people of Gabon who demonstrated their political maturity throughout the campaign and on the day of the elections.

The OIC had dispatched a team of electoral observers to Libreville to monitor this year’s presidential election as it did seven years ago in 2009 to encourage Gabon to continue on its path in democracy.