Guinea-Bissau

Report of the Secretary-General on the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau (S/2013/680)

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I. Introduction

1.The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolutions 2048 (2012) and 2103 (2013), and covers major political, security, human rights, humanitarian and socioeconomic developments since my last report, of 21 August 2013 (S/2013/499).

II. Restoration of and respect for constitutional order

A. Political situation

1.Overview of the political situation in the country

2.Progress in implementing the Transition Road Map, in particular the key benchmarks related to the holding of presidential and legislative elections, remained slow during the period under review. On 22 August, the National Assembly unanimously agreed to amend the voter registration law to make provisions for “enhanced manual” and “digital” voter registration systems. Both systems provide for the holder’s photograph, thumbprint and serial number to be included on the voter card. On the same day, the President of the National Electoral Commission, Augusto Mendes, raised concerns over delays in starting voter registration operations, while the Civil Society Movement for Peace, Democracy and Development denounced what it described as “delaying tactics” by political actors aimed at postponing the elections in order to extend the transition period.