24 individuals to battle it out in Mali’s 2018 President Election on Sunday.

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Are 24 individuals really going to contest for President in Mali this Sunday? Yes, 23 individuals will actually contest the incumbent 73 year old President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for the bragging right to be the next President of the West African nation, Mali. 

30 individuals actually went through the vetting process on the 4th of June and 24 were validated by the Constitutional court to contest for President. 

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Prior to this election, there has been pockets of ethnic clashes in the increasingly insecure country especially in the North, hence the stability of Mali will be put to test this Sunday when the nation goes to the polls. Let me be quick to add that Mali has a long standing history of peaceful elections which they will need to uphold. 

The election which will be conducted on Sunday 29th July, 2018 will see two candidates as the top contenders; current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who has been in office since 2013 and Soumaila Cisse from the leading opposition party “Union for the Republic and Democracy”. 

The contenders will include 66 year old lawyer Mohamed Ali Bathily, successful businesswoman and only female contender Mrs. Kanté Diébou N’Diaye, 51 year old politician Dramane Dembélé, 66 year old statesman Cheick Modibo Diarra and 59 year old businessman and politician Aliou Boubacar Diallo. 

The rest are telecommunications engineer Choguel Kokalla Maiga, Religious leader Harouna Sankare, Long time Politician Housseini Amion Guindo aka ‘Poulo’, Customs officer Mamadou Oumar Sidibe, Ex-Military man Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, Social entrepreneur and Politician Niankoro Yeah Samake. 

The names below complete the list; design engineer Modibo Kone, Daba Diawara, Politician and Banker Mamadou Diarra, Businessman Mamadou Traore, Police officer Modibo Sidibe, Engineer Hamadoun Toure, Politician and activist Modibo Kadjoke, Chartered Accountant Adama Kane, forest engineer Kalfa Sanogo, Medical doctor and politician Oumar Mariko and Politician Mountaga Tall. 

Wow, what a tall list. It’s everyone’s constitutional right to contest for a position you so desire, that is if you qualify per the constitutional rules. But why would 24 individuals all want to be President in a country with a population of a little over 20 million people. Is it that the incumbent President is so incompetent that everyone feels they can do the job? What could actually be the reason? 

 

 

Credit: BBC 

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