Friday, October 29, 2010

Carter Center Urges Calm in Guinea Ahead of Run-off Election

Conakry…The Carter Center calls on all actors involved in Guinea's electoral process to contribute to a peaceful and orderly environment in the period before the presidential run-off election, while ensuring respect for the rights and safety of all individuals, no matter their conviction. The Center also reminds both national and international media of the importance of verifying all information they report to avoid propagating inaccurate information in a volatile electoral environment.

The Center commends the president of the transition, General Sekouba Konaté, for his leadership in resolving the crisis at the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) and for his continued determination to guide the transition process in the spirit of the agreement signed in Ouagadougou on Jan. 15, 2010.

Carter Center observers have been deployed in the country since May 2010 and continue to monitor the process.  The Center is committed to working closely with the Guinean authorities and people, who have warmly welcomed our presence. We hope that all Guineans will maintain their unity, calm, and patience in the coming weeks in order to successfully complete this historic transition process.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said, "I commend the Guinean people for the patience they have shown during this extended process and encourage them to remain peaceful."

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