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Vote counting is underway in Mali following Sunday’s presidential run-off election.The election is meant to be a turning point from more than 18 months of conflict and political crisis.

Election agents in polling stations around Bamako counted ballots as night fell Sunday .Authorities have until Friday to announce the official result.

Many expect Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who won 40% of the vote in the first round, to defeatĀ  finance minister Soumalia Cisse once again.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

Mr Cisse, who was second among the 27 candidates with 19.7% of the vote, complained that there was widespread fraud, with more than 400,000 ballots declared spoiled.

However, Mali’s Constitutional Court rejected the allegations and the head of the EU election observer mission, Louis Michel, praised the electoral process for its transparency.