MALI / LOCAL ELECTIONS

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The first local elections since 2013 took place on Sunday in Mali. Voters elected 12,000 councilors. MINUSMA
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STORY: MALI / LOCAL ELECTIONS
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SOURCE: MINUSMA
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / SONRHAI / NATS

DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2016, ANSONGO, MALI

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1. Wide shot, man walking outside polling station
2. Various shots, polling station
3. Various shots, preparations of polling station
4. Various shots, MINUSMA Burkina Faso contingent in MINUSMA camp preparing to patrol polling stations
5. Various shots, Burkina Faso MINUSMA contingent on patrol
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant-Colonel Aboubacar Djibrilla, Commander of the MINUSMA Nigerian Forces in Ansongo:
“We have been charged with a mission in which we are requested to establish, since yesterday, an element of rapid intervention which could intervene immediately in case of incident in Ansongo and in the surroundings of Ansongo during this Election Day. At the same time, we support the Malian military forces as requested by the Malian authorities.”
7. Various shots, MINUSMA military forces outside polling stations
8. SOUNDBITE (Sonrhai) Ousmane Nouhoum, Candidate of APR Party:
“We are in leading position, we are confident from this point of view. However we want to bring change, we want to bring peace. We also wish that the elections take place in peaceful conditions.”
9. Wide shot, MINUSMA military forces outside polling stations
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Ousmane Abdulaye Maiga, Candidate of the RPM Electoral List in Ansongo:
“We wish that there is a military presence (MINUSMA) even if of course, it’s not a military intervention. When people will see they are there it will diminish the pressure.”
11. Various shots, prefect of Ansongo at the polling station
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Wali Silamakan Sissoko, Prefect of Ansongo:
“MINUSMA forces will collaborate with the Malian military forces, FAMA, in order to fully secure the polls stations, especially in and around the most vulnerable places. Therefore, we have coordinated the organization of strategic security coverage of the polls stations.”
13. Various shots, MINUSMA military forces at dawn at the polling stations
14. Various shots, Malian authorities counting the votes

STORYLINE:

The first local elections since 2013 took place on Sunday (20 Nov) in Mali. Voters elected 12,000 councilors.

In the rural village of Ansongo, in North-Eastern part of Mali, UN Peacekeepers supported the Malian military forces in order to secure the polls station. Ansongo, situated in the region of Gao, had suffered of jihadist occupation before being liberated in 2013.

SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant-Colonel Aboubacar Djibrilla, Commander of the MINUSMA Nigerian Forces in Ansongo:
“We have been charged with a mission in which we are requested to establish, since yesterday, an element of rapid intervention which could intervene immediately in case of incident in Ansongo and in the surroundings of Ansongo during this Election Day. At the same time, we support the Malian military forces as requested by the Malian authorities.”


The elections were marked by high insecurity as the government grapples with implementing a floundering peace deal and warding off a jihadist threat in the north.

SOUNDBITE (Sonrhai) Ousmane Nouhoum, Candidate of APR Party:
“We are in leading position, we are confident from this point of view. However we want to bring change, we want to bring peace. We also wish that the elections take place in peaceful conditions.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Ousmane Abdulaye Maiga, Candidate of the RPM Electoral List in Ansongo:
“We wish that there is a military presence (MINUSMA) even if of course, it’s not a military intervention. When people will see they are there it will diminish the pressure.”

Voting was cancelled in several districts after ballot boxes were burned by unidentified armed men, residents and officials said.

SOUNDBITE (French) Wali Silamakan Sissoko, Prefect of Ansongo:
“MINUSMA forces will collaborate with the Malian military forces, FAMA, in order to fully secure the polls stations, especially in and around the most vulnerable places. Therefore, we have coordinated the organization of strategic security coverage of the polls stations.”

Kidal which is the stronghold of former rebels of the Coordination of Movement of Azawad (CMA), also witnessed voter boycott. The vote was also cancelled in numerous villages in the neighboring Gao region.
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