Mali in the recently conducted Legislative election on March 29, because of the COVID-19 outbreak has witnessed a very less turnover. Threat of violence added to the low turnout. Because of augmenting security threats, Mali’s election has long been delayed.
The voting day witnessed few violent cases specially in the north and central region of the country, kidnapping of officials being one among many threats. Soumaila Cissé, a leading opposition leader was also kidnapped before the polls.
The officials in Mali confirmed the news. Boubacar Alpha Bah, Mali’s Territorial Administration Minister said, “A total of 797 out of 22,147 polling stations could not open, accounting for 2,800,508 voters or 3% of the electorate. Votes cast was 2,627,320, turnout 35.73%, total number of lists 547, total number of candidates 1,417 of whom 430 were women, giving a participation rate of 30% for women and 70% for men”.
The results of the polls are quite crucial for socio-political wellness of the country.