Mali held its long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday despite a militia in its central and northern regions, concerns about coronavirus and the recent kidnapping of the main opposition leader.
The election, originally scheduled for 2018, has been postponed twice because of intensifying violence in parts of Mali where the government struggles to suppress terrorist groups with links to al Qaeda and Daesh.
Polls opened on Sunday at 0800 and turnout in the capital Bamako appeared low.
The coronavirus pandemic has posed a further threat to the vote but authorities in the West African nation have insisted it will go ahead, promising to enforce additional hygiene measures to protect Mali’s 7.6 million voters.
Mali had confirmed 20 cases of coronavirus as of Sunday morning.