Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Guinea: EU deploys 70 observers for elections

[By Diawo Barry - In Conakry]
The election observer mission of the European Union began to deploy in Guinea on Tuesday for the presidential election on October 11. Ultimately, it should have 70 members.

Five days before arrival in Guinea, a team of 20 election observers from the European Union, on the expected 70, was deployed this Tuesday, September 15 in ten prefectures eight administrative regions plus Kissidougou prefectures in Forest Guinea and Siguiri in Upper Guinea. Its objective is "to observe and analyze the entire electoral process in order to achieve an impartial assessment, neutral and objective," said Mathieu Merino, Deputy Chief Observer of the Election Observation Mission of the Union European, EU EOM.

The latter includes, in addition to deputy chief, six analysts specialized in the legal, electoral, political, and those media and data processing. "The observers will contact all election stakeholders, continues Mathieu Merino, including branches of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the security forces, the candidates for president or their representatives, public authorities, the Civil society, the media and national and international observers. "

The turnaround of Condé Afa

The mission covers the whole electoral process and logistical preparations for the campaign until the announcement of results and possible electoral disputes. Upon his arrival in Conakry, the observer team followed a four-day training on "logistics mission-specific and legal, political, electoral and media specific to Guinea."

Note that the EU EOM in its third experience in Guinea, after the presidential elections in 2010 and parliamentary elections in 2013. President Alpha Conde had initially said he wanted to do without international assistance. Then he returned to his position as a result of talks in January with UN representatives and the European Union on the sidelines of the Davos economic summit and the African Union in Addis Ababa.

Source: Jeune Afrique

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