- The incumbent president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has been declared winner of the recent presidential poll
- Keita won the stiff contest against his rival, Soumaila Cisse, by 67% votes
- However, supporters of Cisse claimed that the entire election was characterised by rigging
The ministry of territorial administration on Thursday, August 16, said that Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the president of Mali, has won the presidential poll with 67% of the vote in a stiff contest against his rival, Soumaila Cisse.
Keita's victory has given him a term of five years for the second time in Mali, where, according to claims, militant violence and cases of alleged fraud as noted by the opposition, characterised the election, Reuters reports.
He now faces the herculean duty of salvaging the gold and cotton-rich country out of the vicious cycle of religious and tribal unrest coupled with attacks which were still on the increase few months before the poll amidst the military presence of UN and France.
The government said that threats by jihadist militants forced almost 500 polling stations - closed to two percent of the total - to stay closed during the runoff, adding that an election official was murdered in northern Niafunke, in Timbuktu.
It also said that the more than 2.7 million persons who turned out was a muted 34% of the entire electorate. Cisse has accused the Keita’s campaign of ballot stuffing and tweaking electoral rolls to secure the win, accusations which were denied by Keita.
Amidst the drama leading up to the results, the streets of Bamako and other major regions were said to be peaceful.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that ahead of Mali's crucial presidential election scheduled for Sunday, July 29, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, president of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board and chairman of Nigeria's INEC met in Bamako on Saturday, July 28, met with other stakeholders.
Those who attended the meeting were officials of Mali's Independent electoral commission, CENI, and head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Mali Ambassodor Kadre Desire Ouadraogo, former Burkina Faso prime minister and also former president of the ECOWAS commission.
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