BAMAKO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing ballots of the second round of the presidential election in Mali have been proceeding without incidents though several technical faults are noted, Edem Kodjo, former prime minister of Togo and head of the African Union observers told Xinhua on Sunday noon.
"The vote goes on rather well", commented Edem Kodjo in an interview with Xinhua five hours after polling stations opened their doors for the Malians to choose their next president between former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and former finance minister Soumaili Cisse.
The AU delegation of 50 observers started their job by assisting the opening of the center of vote at Mamadou Sarr high school in the 4th commune of Bamako, the capital city of Mali.
Mali's president of transition Dioncounda Traore came vote at 9: 15 local time at this voting center. Louis Michel, head of the European Union's observation mission in Mali, was also present.
"Evidently, we did not have the weather on our side this morning. The rain was abundant, so there was no affluence at polling stations at eight, the opening hour. There weren't many people. But I did see someone vote at 8: 05 and several people said that they got up very early for the vote. This is encouraging, " said the head of AU observers.
"Now at the midtime of the day, things are changing. I think in general every polling station has between 400 to 450 voters inscribed. The reality is that at this hour they should each have 120 to 150 who have voted. It is not 50% yet, but we wish that the number will shoot up by the end of the day," he said.
Edem Kodjo said he has noted some technical faults, such as "all the seals are not tightened as they should be".
"It is a phenomenon that I observe in almost every polling station everywhere in Africa. It means that when we train the personnel, we did not realize that they have not well learnt the way to deal with the seals," he explained.
But this should not be a factor to question the results of the election, he said.
"Because each time we noted a problem, we pointed it out immediately and thus have it corrected. After all, for me there is nothing dramatic in this," he concluded.