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Date:20 Mar 2012
UN Mission Pleased With Peaceful Election in Guinea Bissau

The United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) said it’s pleased with the peaceful conduct of Sunday’s presidential election in the West African nation. Citizens voted to elect a new president, who will succeed Malam Bacai Sanha who died in January.

UNIOGBIS spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said the electoral commission is constitutionally mandated to announce the final outcome of the vote within 10 days of the election.

“The election was held in a very peaceful manner,” said Monteiro told VOA. “In the morning, participation was relatively weak but, all day long, leaders of the electoral body encouraged the people to go and vote, and it seems that people listened and went to vote because the participation finally increased.”

“After the votes are counted, everything will be sent to the regional electoral body [office], then finally to the national headquarters to compile the figures. It’s only after this process will we finally have the real results regarding the next president of Guinea Bissau,” he said.

Nine candidates competed in Sunday’s vote to become the next president with a run-off slated for April, if none of the contestants garner over 50 percent of the total votes.

The front runners, analysts say, include Carlos Gomes Junior, who resigned as prime minister to run for president, and former president Kumba Yala, who was overthrown in a 2003 coup.

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