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Former Ghanaian President, John Kufuor is leading a 250-man ECOWAS observer mission to the Malian election, the News Agncy of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Frank Agyekum, the former president’s Spokesman, said in statement that the delegation comprises of  representatives of ECOWAS member states, electoral commission officials, members of ECOWAS parliament, civil society groups and ECOWAS ambassadors.

Agyekum said that Kufuor would leave Accra on Wednesday to Bamako ahead of the election scheduled for July 28.

He said that Kufuor would leave Bamako for Kampala, Uganda after his mission in Mali for the 90th anniversary of the Makerere University.

“Kufuor will present a paper on the topic: `Oil Resource Management and Utilisation for Economic Transformation `The Case of Ghana’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 28 presidential aspirants are already campaigning across Mali ahead of the election.

The agency reports that though the date for the election has been described as unrealistic, the Malian government  remained bent on holding the polls.

Only recently, the election commission announced that more than 500,000 Malians were still on exile outside the country.

NAN reports that in response to recent insecurity and tension in Kidal, the Tuareg rebels at a meeting with government on Monday agreed to work towards a peaceful election.

Mali was hit by a coup in March 2012 and a rebellion in the north that raised alarm on terrorism in Africa. (NAN)

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