A presidential election to usher in civilian control will be place in February 2024, according to the military junta in Mali.
After meetings between the interim administration and political partners on Tuesday, a comprehensive roadmap for reforms and parliamentary and presidential elections was set.
In two years, the first and second rounds of the presidential election will be held.
The legislative elections’ first and second rounds will take place in October and November of 2023, respectively.
Prior to the scheduled local elections in June 2023, a constitutional referendum will also be place in March 2023.
The junta unilaterally declared on June 6 that the transitional period would last 24 months.
The Economic Community of West African States summit, which will likely decide whether to withdraw or extend the sanctions it placed on Mali in January, will take place before the poll schedule was made public.
A new law in Mali that opens the door for elections may persuade regional powers to remove the severe sanctions that have stifled the Malian economy since the coup last year, but it will also probably strengthen the military’s hold on the West African nation.
In June 25, the Malian junta passed a new electoral law that lays the framework for national elections in 2024. Since the military takeover that overthrew the civilian administration in May 2021, the electoral law is the first legal foundation for elections to be passed. The legislation streamlines the procedures for holding elections by establishing a single election administration organization that would be established and supervised by the government.
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