Vote counting proceeds smoothly in Guinea Bissau

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Voters in Guinea Bissau went to the polls 13 April 2014 for presidential and parliamentary elections, which many hope will bring stability to this small country in West Africa. UNDP/Guinea Bissau

The counting of votes is taking place in Guinea Bissau following Sunday's general elections.

The people in the West African country came out in big numbers to elect a president and members of parliament.

It follows years of coups and failed attempts to establish constitutional rule in the country since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974.

Gana Fofang is the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the UN Development's Resident Representative Coordinator.

 "Thing are moving quite well. So far, we haven't heard of any report of malfeasance of any sorts or irregularity of any sort. Things are orderly, peaceful. The counting is taking place. We have received from reports I have, the central office of the National Election Commission and reports are coming in with results from the regions but other regions are still tallying and we expects that in the course of the next few days all the results should be in." (24")

Mr. Fofang says the expectations among the population of Guinea Bissau are high that the country can finally return to stability.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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