UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Expresses Hope for Fair Elections in India and Beyond


United Nations: In a significant statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed hope that citizens’ political and civil rights would be safeguarded during elections in India and other countries. The UN’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, emphasized the importance of a free and fair voting environment, ensuring that everyone can exercise their democratic rights.

This statement comes amid the political situation in India, particularly ahead of the upcoming national elections. The arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the ban on transactions from the bank accounts of the opposition party Congress have drawn attention. The United Nations’ stance underscores the need for transparent legal processes and respect for democratic norms.

Interestingly, the United States also weighed in on the matter. Following India’s summoning of a senior US diplomat over comments related to Kejriwal’s arrest, the US State Department reiterated its support for fair, transparent, and timely legal procedures. Spokesperson Matthew Miller emphasized that such processes should be uncontroversial and consistent with democratic principles.

The diplomatic exchange highlights the delicate balance between national sovereignty and international scrutiny. India, proud of its democratic institutions, remains committed to protecting them from undue external influence. The ongoing money laundering case involving Kejriwal adds further complexity to the situation, as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigates the excise policy “scam.”


As the election season unfolds, India faces critical choices, and the world watches closely. The hope remains that democratic processes will prevail, ensuring citizens’ rights and upholding the rule of law.