mali branch: Results are expected within the week, according to CTV. If no candidate wins more than 50 per cent in the first round, Malians will vote in a second round on Aug. 12. Polls closed Sunday and officials began counting the votes. Voters have expressed concern about being targeted after al-Qaida's Mali branch have warned for months against going to the polls. The 73-year-old, who was elected in 2013, faces 23 candidates in the first round. Deadly communal clashes between ethnic groups and accusations of heavy-handed counterterror operations have complicated what President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita hopes will be an election victory leading him to a second term. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.