World Bulletin / News Desk
Malians on Sunday cast their ballots in the legislative elections amid tightened security countrywide.
Around 21,125 polling stations opened their doors for voters starting 8am local time.
Around 6.5 voters are eligible to vote in the polls contested by 1,080 candidates, including 135 women.
Candidates from the ruling Rally for Mali (RPM) and the Alliance for Democracy in Mali are considered the frontrunners in the race for the parliament's 147 seats.
A second round of voting is scheduled for December 15 if no party wins a majority.
The polls are the second since last year’s military overthrow of democratically-elected president Amadou Toumani Toure.
In August, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a former premier, was declared the winner of the presidential elections after winning 77.6% of the votes.
Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2013, 13:10