The governing military council of Mali announced on Monday that the presidential elections scheduled for February 2024 will be postponed. These elections were supposed to signify the return of civilian leadership in a country dealing with the presence of extremist groups and facing a significant crisis.
Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, the government’s official spokesperson, addressed journalists in Bamako and conveyed that the previously scheduled presidential elections for February 4th and 18th, 2024, have been deferred due to “technical considerations.”
The “technical reasons” behind this decision, as explained by authorities, encompass aspects linked to the enactment of a new constitution in 2023, the overhaul of the electoral registry, and a dispute with the French firm “Idemia,” which authorities maintain was involved in the census process.
Furthermore, they indicated that a subsequent announcement will be made to disclose the forthcoming date for the presidential elections.