There was an air of expectancy on the streets of Bamako the capital of Mali. They are waiting for the first provisional results of the presidential election aimed at uniting the north and south of the country.
The deadline for the first indications as to which of the 27 candidates is in the lead has slipped. Figures were expected early on Tuesday with official results to follow by Friday. One voter voiced his concern at the wait.
“What I don’t understand is what’s taking so long, until now they haven’t published the results. There must be something wrong, somewhere, a big problem. If I compare Mali with Senegal and the presidential elections there not long ago, two hours after polling stations closed they had the result. So I ask myself what’s happening in Mali. That’s what I don’t understand,” said Mamadou Sow.
Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s campaign team claim their man is in the lead and in reach of an outright win without the need for a run off.
Soumaila Cisse is believed to be his strongest challenger. He said he had raised concerns over preparations ahead of the vote and would contest the result if there was no run off.
A second round will take place next month if no candidate gets over 50 percent of the vote. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry which organised the elections said it will take time to transport the results across the country.