Biometric ID card delays among reasons for Mali constitutional referendum postponement

Published: 13/Mar/2023
Source: Biometric Update

By Ayang Macdonald

Mali’s constitutional referendum, which was initially due to take place on 19 March, will no longer go ahead as planned in part due to delays in the issuance of the biometric national ID card. The card can be used as a voter’s ID during the referendum in line with the country’s new electoral law.

No alternative date has been put forward. France 24 reports authorities saying the referendum will be “lightly” delayed.

Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization and spokesman of the military government, Abdoulaye Maïga, spoke over the weekend on state broadcaster ORTM, as reported by Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

According to the news agency, some Malians find the postponement of the vote as no surprise as eight million of the citizens eligible to cast a ballot in the referendum would not have been able to acquire the new biometric national ID before 19 March.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports, Inscription aux listes électorales
Regions: Mali
Year: 2023