UN helps with return of result sheets for Sunday's election in Mali

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Electoral materials for the second round of presidential elections arrive at the airport in Timbuktu, Mali. (M. Dormino/MINUSMA)

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is helping electoral authorities to speed up the process of ballot counting following Sunday's presidential run-off elections.

According to MINUSMA, there were no major incidents during the elections although heavy rains hampered the smooth conduct of voting operations in many parts of the country.

Eduardo Del Buey, UN Deputy Spokesperson in New York, has more.

"In accordance with its mandate, the Mission provided technical and logistical assistance for both rounds of the presidential election as well as support to the Malian security authorities. In a bid to speed up the process, the Mission is also assisting the Malian electoral authorities with the return of result sheets by airlift from areas where it is deployed in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal." (21")

The first round of presidential elections was on 28 July as part of ongoing efforts to end the crisis that started early last year in Mali when soldiers overthrew the government.

The crisis was exacerbated by the outbreak of fresh fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels and the seizure of the northern part of the country by Islamic extremists.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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