At least 95 per cent of voters register in Guinea-BissauListen /
At least 95 per cent of potential voters in Guinea-Bissau have registered for April presidential and parliamentary elections according to the top UN envoy in the country.
José Ramos-Horta, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau told the Security Council that there are 12 candidates for the presidency.
He said 40 political parties are expected to contest parliamentary seats.
Mr. Ramos-Horta said the government declared the voter registration process closed on 10 of February.
The voters list is now being finalized.
"It is expected that the final voters' list will be ready by the end of next week. The provisional figure indicates that over 770,000 voters have been registered. This is at least 95 per cent of the estimated potential voting population of 810,961. This is indeed a surprising impressive record." (27")
The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS, established by the UN Security Council 2009 is helping the country stand on its feet.
The country which gained independence from Portugal in 1974 has been plagued by military coups and political instability.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.