Mali vote glitches threaten legitimacy

2013-07-22 18:56
Dogon hunters fire shotguns to welcome presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Bandiagara, Dogon Country, Mali. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Dogon hunters fire shotguns to welcome presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Bandiagara, Dogon Country, Mali. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bamako - Mali election officials say the country's presidential election is set to go ahead on Sunday despite massive logistical and technical lapses, including a voters' roll which inexplicably is missing the names of tens of thousands of registered voters.

Those being disenfranchised include both rich and poor and worried election officials say the stage is being set for the results to be contested.

The 28 July election is the first to be held since last year's coup, and the international community has pressured Mali to hold the ballot hoping to return the nation to constitutional rule. Yet the problems with the electoral list as well as security and logistical challenges in the north of the country risk robbing the future president of the very legitimacy the election is seeking to restore.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    mali  |  west africa publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Win over Boks was 'massive' for Japanese rugby
Girls be hating the fat boys
VIDEO: Six of the best dummy passes from the RWC
Boks can brace for Wales - bookies
Traffic Alerts

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.