BAKAMO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The second round of Mali's presidential election kicked off at 8:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, Xinhua reporter observed at a polling station in central Bakamo, the capital of Mali.
Despite the rain that started earlier in the morning and turns quite heavy in some of the six districts of the capital, voters came to polling stations to express their choice between the two rivals, former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and former foreign minister Soumaila Cisse.
Mali's 6.8 million registered voters are called to cast ballot at around 21,000 polling stations across the country, which will stay open till 6:00 p.m. the same day. The definitive results will come out within five days.
The first round on July 29 registered a historical turn out rate of 48.98 percent, with Keita and Cisse obtaining 39.79 percent and 19.70 percent of the votes respectively.
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