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[Published: Monday September 17 2012]

UN extends presence in Sierra Leone and calls for credible elections

New York, 17 Sep - (ANA) - The UN Security Council has extended until the end of March 2013 its mission assisting Sierra Leone with peacebuilding and long-term development and called on the electoratl to ensure that upcoming elections are held in a peaceful, inclusive and credible manner. The West African nation is scheduled to hold four elections, namely presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral, on 17 November – a crucial test for a country that is rebuilding after a vicious civil war that ended in 2002. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) and requested the mission, along with the UN country team and the international community, to provide assistance to the Government and its electoral, democratic and security institutions in the preparation and conduct of the polls. (ANA)

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