United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday called on Malians to maintain peace on the eve of the country’s presidential election.
Guterres said he is encouraged by the overall peaceful climate dominating Mali’s electoral campaign, despite continued security challenges in the north and center of the country.
He urged Malians to maintain “the peaceful course” so as to ensure that the election serves as “an important celebration of democracy.” He also asked all Malian political actors to make the poll a peaceful, free and transparent process, and to resolve any possible disputes through appropriate institutions in accordance with the law.
Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the electoral process.
More than 8 million Malians will cast their ballot Sunday to elect the next president. A total of 24 candidates, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, are bidding for the five-year presidency.