U.S. Embassy Statement for the 2018 Presidential Elections in Mali

(Bamako, July 26, 2018) — On July 29, Malians will vote in an important presidential election.  The United States reiterates our commitment to free, credible and transparent elections in Mali. We applaud the majority of candidates who signed the code of good conduct and who have committed to peaceful campaigns.  We strongly encourage all Malian parties, and in particular the presidential candidates, to engage resolutely in the implementation of the Algiers Accord for Peace and Reconciliation. The United States calls for all political and social actors to eschew the use of violence during the electoral process, and to use legal and constitutional channels to settle disputes.

The United States reaffirms our support for Mali and in particular our commitment to the Malian authorities and people for a calm and respectful electoral process, and to build upon the outcome of this election to solidify a lasting peace and veritable security throughout the country.  The U.S. Embassy urges all parties and candidates to reiterate to their constituents that any violence or unlawful attempts to disrupt the democratic process are unacceptable.

Before and after the July 29 elections, we appeal to all Malians to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process.  While this is a time to engage in debate, and share ideas about how to improve the situation in Mali and achieve lasting peace and improved governance, exchanges should be civil, and take place in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect. The freedoms of expression, assembly, and association are essential to the continuation of Mali’s vibrant democracy.  We encourage all Malians to peacefully and transparently participate in the political process

The United States government has provided over $7 million in direct support for a credible electoral process in Mali.  Our technical and financial assistance provides access to information for voters, electoral observation teams, and increased engagement of youth and women in Mali’s political process. The United States has also provided indirect support through the UN and numerous institutions and programs to strengthen governance and the electoral process in Mali.

Election observers from Mali, ECOWAS, the AU, the EU, the United States, other nations, international bodies, and non-governmental organizations will be present for the elections in Mali.  Together, they will monitor voting and contribute information that will factor into assessments of whether the elections meet international standards.

Following the successful conclusion of these elections, the United States government will continue to work with the elected government of Mali and we urge the elected president to remain committed to fully and rapidly implementing the Algiers Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.