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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
The US Department of State has alerted US citizens travelling to or living in Mali that legislative elections are scheduled for November 24, 2013. A second round of voting is expected on December 15, 2013 in constituencies where no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first round. The US Embassy in Bamako has advised the embassy staff who are not participating in election monitoring on Sunday, November 24, and Sunday, December 15, to remain at home on these days. Private US citizens should carefully consider taking similar precautions and are encouraged to remain vigilant. This Travel Alert expires on December 31, 2013.
With the impending legislative elections, demonstrations could occur in Bamako and various cities around the country. While the majority of these demonstrations are likely to be peaceful, it is always possible for an event to turn violent quickly without advance warning. Security forces are likely to show a heavy presence around Bamako over the coming weeks, particularly at the usual locations of demonstrations: Independence Monument, Place de la Liberté, Ministry of Defense, and the National Assembly.
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, the embassy urged you to tell them about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program- STEP link. If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.