UN helps in preparations for presidential run off election in MaliListen /
The United Nations in Mali is assisting electoral authorities in preparations for the second-round of presidential elections in the country.
Ahead of Sunday's presidential run off, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is helping in getting materials distributed to remote areas in the north.
UN spokesperson in New York, Farhan Haq has more.
"The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali will assist the Malian electoral authorities in deploying sensitive materials to Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and Mopti for the second round of presidential elections, which will be held this Sunday. As it did in the first round, the Mission is providing support to the Malian Defence and Security Forces in implementing the security plan for the elections. Also, as part of its efforts to increase the number of refugees who are able to vote, the UN Mission organized a flight to Néma, Mauritania, to ensure the delivery of voter cards belonging to Malians living in camps in that country." (34")
The first round of presidential elections was on 28 July as part of ongoing efforts to restore stability to Mali.
Early last year, soldiers overthrew the government in Mali, fighting broke out again between government forces and Tuareg rebels and Islamist extremists took control of the northern part of the country.
Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations.