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 24.com network.

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.


Mali officials voice doubts over July vote

26 April 2013, 12:01

Bamako - Officials charged with organising elections in Mali have expressed doubts over the ability of the war-torn west African nation to stage a nationwide poll in July.

Mamadou Diamoutani, president of the National Independent Electoral Commission said late on Thursday that July 7, the date most often mooted for the first round of a presidential election, "would be a difficult to achieve".

He said there were a number of "preconditions" to meet ahead of July 7, which has not yet been officially announced as the date for the poll, including the establishment of a comprehensive electoral roll.

Meanwhile the transitional government's director general for elections, Siaka Sangare, said he did not have "means" to establish the list in such a tight time frame.

Both spoke on the sidelines of a meeting organised by US non-governmental organisation the National Democratic Institute in the capital Bamako to set out the process for elections.

Mali called on France's help in January to halt an Islamist advance on Bamako and French and African troops have since pushed the al-Qaeda-linked militants into desert and mountain hideouts, from where they are staging guerrilla attacks.

France has insisted that its former colony needs to hold presidential elections by July in order to establish the legitimacy of the Malian government.

The country is led by a transitional administration set up after a military coup in March last year that toppled the regime of President Amadou Toumani Toure and precipitated the downfall of the country's north to the insurgents.

The extremists imposed a brutal version of Islamic sharia law in Mali's northern cities, leading to a mass exodus of some 400 000 refugees, both abroad and to other parts of the country.

Most have not returned and observers have questioned Mali's ability to get these people into ballot boxes by July.

Kidal, the third largest city in Mali's vast desert north, is under the control of the ethnic Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad which refuses to disarm or accept the presence of the Malian army and has said it will not cooperate in polls without power-sharing talks.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

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

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...