UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A UN mission in Mali reported on Monday that no major incidents occurred in Mali's presidential run-off vote, a spokesperson said here.
"The UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali), reported no major incidents although heavy rains hampered the smooth conduct of voting operations in many parts of the country," Eduardo del Buey, the deputy UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing.
Mali's second round of the presidential race between former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his major rival former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse ended on Sunday.
In accordance with its mandate, the MINUSMA provided technical and logistical assistance for the two rounds of the presidential election, as well as support to Malian security authorities.
"In a bid to speed up the process, the mission is also assisting the Malian electoral authorities with the return of result sheets by airlift from areas where it is deployed in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal," del Buey said.
Bert Koenders, the secretary-general's special representative and head of MINUSMA, visited Kidal along with observers from the European Union (EU), the Africa Union and the Economic Community of West African States, according to del Buey.
Monitored by over 100 observers from the EU, the election is seen as an important step to impose order in the west African nation gripped by a political crisis.
Since early 2012, Mali witnessed a military coup d'tat, renewed fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.