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)

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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.

- AP
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