A majority of the contenders to become Mali’s next president said on Wednesday they will not accept election results “marred by irregularities” ahead of an official verdict expected on Friday. Major opposition figures, such as former finance minister Soumaila Cisse — seen as the president’s biggest threat in the poll, which was held Sunday — and businessman Aliou Diallo, signed the joint declaration. “We will not accept results marred by irregularities,” the group’s statement, read out by candidate Modibo Kone, said. “We do not want to delegitimise the entirety of the process but there needs to be a minimum of credibility,” Soumaila Cisse’s campaign director, Tiebile Drame, told AFP.
Both Diallo and Cisse have said they were sure to make it to a second round of voting, scheduled for August 12, against incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Keita’s camp on Monday said he appeared to be “largely ahead”.
The disgruntled candidates lashed out at alleged corruption, vote buying and ballot stuffing during voting.