Guinea: Opposition leaders want poll annulled

Guinea: Opposition leaders want poll annulled

Monday, October 12, 2015 10:27 pm

Cellou Dalein Diallo

Cellou Dalein Diallo

CONAKRY (Reuters) – All seven opposition leaders who contested Guinea’s presidential election against incumbent Alpha Conde said on Monday the results of the vote held on Sunday should be annulled because of fraud.

The candidates, including the main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said they had detected numerous irregularities in the course of the voting.

Diallo said voters registered this year in the city of Labe in central Guinea received no voting cards and only those who voted in 2010 could cast their ballots on Sunday.

“The election was a masquerade which started yesterday and still continues today at the central (election) commission level. In these conditions, we again demand that the election be scrapped because we cannot recognise results issued through this process,” Diallo said.

“We have the right to protest. We will do it. That must be clearly understood,” he said, in a declaration that appeared to stop short of calling his supporters into the streets.

Two persons were killed and at least 33 were wounded in Guinea on Friday in clashes between Conde and Diallo’s supporters.

In another sign of opposition discontent, former prime minister Sidya Toure, one of the election’s leading candidates, told private radio late on Monday that he was withdrawing any delegates he had won in the vote from the electoral process.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed in a statement for calm and urged all sides to refrain from making statements that could lead to violence.

Conde’s director of communication, Moustapha Naite, said the electoral commission should do its work.

“If the opposition parties have complaints, their duty is to legal means and inform the constitutional court,” Naite said, referring to the country’s highest electoral authority.

The International Organization of the Francophonie, whose experts have been assisting the electoral commission since March, praised Sunday’s vote but urged caution.

“What we saw yesterday was impressive. People turned out en masse in calm and serenity,” Francophonie chief of mission Mohamed Salia Sokona told Reuters.



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