Guinean opposition calls for deferment of presidential polls

Seven opposition parties in Guinea on Tuesday called for a one-week postponement of the country's presidential elections set for Oct. 11, to correct anomalies witnessed in the electoral process.

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People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.
People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.

“We are demanding for the postponement of the presidential elections to try and correct the imperfections witnessed in the electoral process,” the parties said in a statement read by Aliou Conde, the secretary general of the main opposition party, Union of Democratic Forces in Guinea (UFDG).

People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.
People pass in front of an electoral campaign poster for incumbent President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 10, 2015.
A key anomaly cited by the opposition was the issue of missing names on the electoral register, something that will deny many people a chance to cast their votes.

At the same time, the UFDG official announced that the distribution of the voters’ cards by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) was being done haphazardly.

Due to the massive registration of children, something that has been strongly condemned by the opposition parties, Conde called for the nullification of any vote that will be cast by proxy to prevent parents from voting for their children.

“At the moment, we do not have any credible information on details of voters and their polling stations,” he explained, adding that “for peace and stability in the country, electoral operations should be conducted in accordance with the electoral law.”

The opposition further lamented about the distribution of voters’ cards in several Guinean embassies in Africa, especially in Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and also in Spain.

However, despite the complaints raised by the opposition, CENI through its president, recently announced that it was ready to organize the presidential elections on Oct. 11.

While campaigning in the interior of the country, Guinea President Alpha Conde who is contesting for a second term, has continued to insist that he was ready for elections on Oct. 11, 2015. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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