Mali Politics

Low turnout in Mali Crutial election runoff

Malians voted in a run-off presidential election on Sunday but observers reported that turnout was low, with several polling stations coming under attack from armed men and one election official killed. News site Reuters reports

The Citizen Observation Pool of Mali, which had more than 2,000 observers, reported several incidents Sunday. It said the chairman of Arkodia village in the north Niafunke commune in Timbuktu region was killed and four election workers were physically harassed.

Two polling stations were burned in Keltamba and election officials were harmed by gunmen in Ngouma commune in central Mali, the group said.

In north and central Mali more than 50 polling stations had closed before noon because of the threats by extremists in those regions, observers said.

One local observer group said less than a quarter of the electorate may have voted.

International observers highlighted some irregularities but said that in general they had been satisfied with proceedings.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who’s expected to win a second term, has dismissed opposition allegations of stuffed ballot boxes.

Results are expected within five days.

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