ECOWAS to deploy 50 observers for Mali legislative elections

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS is to deploy 50 election observers to Mali for the country’s second-round Parliamentary polls 15 Dec., following an inconclusive first-round balloting 24 Nov., the ECOWAS Commission has said.

The regional Observation Mission will be headed by Prof. Amos Sawyer, former President of Liberia’s Interim Government of National Unity, who also led the 100-strong ECOWAS observers to the first round voting.

He will be supported this time by Ambassador Leopold Ouedraogo, a Member of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise.

Provisional results from the first-round elections, which featured more than 1,140 candidates fielded by the ruling and opposition coalitions and independents, showed that the country’s three main political parties secured less than 20 seats out of the 147 available in the National Assembly. Turnout was put officially at 38.4 percent.

Mali’s electoral law provides for a run-off to be decided by a simple majority vote in a situation where no independent candidate or list of coalition candidates secured the mandatory 50 percent plus one vote in the first round.

In its Preliminary Declaration, the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, which observed the first round balloting across Mali’s eight regions and the Municipalities of the capital, Bamako, adjudged the conduct as credible and transparent.

The Mission also noted the low turnout, saying the shortcomings it observed, including the inadequate sensitisation of voters and late display of Voters Lists at several polling stations, “did not in any significant way affect the conduct of the election in line with globally acceptable standards”.
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13 december 2013 10:33:27

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