Elections, security issues of concern in West Africa

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Voting takes place in the first round of the presidential election in Guinea on 11 October 2015. Photo: UNDP Guinea

Upcoming elections and the recurrence of terrorist attacks in West Africa are of concern for the UN Security Council.

The Council was briefed this week by the top UN official for the West African region on recent developments there.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

In a statement issued Saturday, the Security Council welcomed the recent elections held in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire , while also stressing the need for upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be "free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible".

The 15-member body went on to express concern that the political tension in Guinea-Bissau may continue to erode governance there and jeopardize the consolidation of gains achieved in the country since elections held there in 2014.

On security issues, the Council reiterated its strong condemnation of the recurrent terrorist attacks carried out in the region, particularly in Mali and the Sahel, as well as the Lake Chad Basin, notably by Boko Haram.  Council member expressed particular concern about civilians in the region, which have been the primary target of those attacks.

While welcoming the recent success achieved in the fight against Ebola, the Council expressed concern about the continued humanitarian, social and economic consequences of the deadly outbreak that killed up to 11,000 people.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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