- The camp of President Amadou Toumani Toure’s camp has claimed that its candidate has succeeded in his second year term in office by polling over 70 percent of the votes.
Electoral officials are still busy collating official results. Already, Mr Toure polled 72 percent of the votes in several electoral divisions while his arch-rival, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita lagging behind with 15 percent.
The final official results are expected to be announced before the week ends. Eight candidates, including a woman, contested against the former military ruler.
The ruling party spokesman, Mountaga Tall, told journalists that based on the information received from Mr Toure’s poll representatives in various stations, it became clear that the man affectionately called A.T.T. has emerged victorious.
Mr Tall said President Toure had led with absolute majority in the capital Bamako, the interior and abroad.
International observers endorsed the polls as free and fair.
But Mr Keita, who ranks second, insisted that the polls have been marred by fraud because ballot boxes were stationed before voting began and that the electoral register is out of date.
His Campaign Manager, Macki Diallo, said they will do all that they can to overturn the results.
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