Mali: Warnings of Poor Preparation for the 29 July Presidential Election

Mali’s Le Republicain has published a stinging criticism of the preparations for the upcoming presidential elections on 29 July. Evoking the specter of once again registering a dismal turnout, as in the 1997 presidential elections, Fakara Faïnké writes,

Less than forty days from the vote, many Malians have not yet been able to get their voters’ cards in the interior of the country…With less than forty days, what is the collection tally in Bamako and in the regions? No one can say…Voters have difficulty getting the cards due to the distance that separates them from the distribution points. According to our sources, in the cercle of Bafoulabé, there is only one distribution point. Some communes are dozens, even hundreds of kilometers from the distribution point.

Faïnké warns of “electoral chaos” that will benefit the party in power.

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