Malians vote in presidential runoff amid security concerns
A man casts his ballot during Presidential second round election in Bamako, Mali, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Malians are voting Sunday in a second round presidential election with incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita facing off against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.(AP Photo/Annie Risemberg)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:42AM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali -- Malians are voting in a presidential runoff election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.
Sunday's polls opened to a light rain and a light turnout. Many worry that the vote in the sprawling West African nation could be marred by increased security concerns. In the July 29 first-round presidential vote, election workers were killed and voting materials were destroyed by extremists.
A second term for Keita seems likely. He received 41.7 per cent support in the first round and has the backing of the fifth-place candidate and others who hail from his southern region.
Cisse, who received 17.7 per cent of the first-round vote, has not been backed by either the third or fourth-placed candidates in the first round.