Mali to hold electoral college in May in preparation for presidential polls

2013-02-15 13:25:01 GMT2013-02-15 21:25:01(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BAMAKO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Mali's Territorial Administration and Decentralization Minister Moussa Sinko Coulibaly has said an electoral college will be organized in May to prepare for the presidential and legislative elections.

The minister who was addressing the press in Bamako on Thursday, said the first round of the presidential election will take place on July 7 while the second round of the same and the first round of the legislative elections will take place on July 21.

"We are consulting with the political parties, Malian civil society as well as the country's technical and financial partners to ensure that elections are held on time," Coulibaly said.

Recently, Mali's Interim President Dioncounda Traore declared the elections will be held before the end of July and according to Coulibaly, "despite the challenges, the July date was still ideal. "

"The issue of the electoral register has finally been resolved because the national identity cards and the voter's cards will soon be produced," the minister added.

Concerning the budget for the forthcoming elections, the territorial administration minister said the elections will cost approximately 60 billion Fcfa (121.9 million U.S. dollars) after the completion of all the intended activities and the desired technical improvements.

The minister affirmed the government will seek to minimize the amount of money spent on the elections.

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