Secretary-General expresses hope for peaceful election in Mali on Sunday

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Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

The UN Secretary-General is reiterating his call for a peaceful, credible and transparent presidential election in Mali this weekend.

Citizens of the West African country go to the polls on Sunday, and Ban Ki-moon encourages all Malian voters to exercise their democratic right to vote.

In a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson,  Mr. Ban notes the importance of this election for the restoration of constitutional order and national dialogue and reconciliation.

Mali has faced numerous crises since January 2012, including a military coup and an armed rebellion in the north of the country.

Last month, the country's transitional government and armed groups from the north signed a preliminary agreement in neighbouring Burkina Faso which paved the way for the elections.

The Secretary-General also welcomes the Code of Conduct adopted by the candidates and trusts that they will fully adhere to all its provisions, including the need to resolve any disputes through peaceful and legal means.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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