Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Guinea: Opposition threatens to boycott presidential election again

Diallo, the head of the Guinean opposition, expressed Tuesday, 15 September his doubts about the introduction of a fair and transparent presidential elections for October 11. He believes that President Alpha Condé fixed all decisions with Bakary Fofana [president of the CENI] unilaterally, without consultation and in flagrant violation of the law and the political agreement signed with the government in August. "We are so concerned that questions the same opportunity to continue to participate in this process," he explained, reviving old threats to boycott the election.

"We do not have to give strategic advice to the opposition but I am convinced that no one would understand that the opposition boycotted the election at this stage of the process and despite the involvement of the international community," responded Meanwhile Albert Damantang Camara, spokesman of the government, in response to about Diallo. Camara particular judge very clear and very encouraging review of the organization of the poll, compiled by a joint mission of the UN, the African Union, the West African States Economic Community (ECOWAS) and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), which ended Monday night.

Some progress

In a statement, the four organizations have noted the significant progress in the implementation of the Political Agreement of 20 August stating the recomposition of special delegations - communal executives appointed by the lack of voting power at that level since 2005 - as well as progress in the revision of the electoral register. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, has meanwhile assured that the opposition representation problem within the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is set , like that special delegations.

International observers

The spokesman of the opposition, Aboubacar Sylla, for his part Monday accused the CENI not to give access to technical information for the revision of electoral lists contested by opponents of Alpha Condé, who denounce the inclusion of Minors in favorable regions in power. "The opposition will not endorse a situation that will bring in elections whose results are pre-programmed and which will allow Mr. Alpha Conde to succeed himself outside of the votes cast by the Guineans "he warned, announcing that the opposition could lead the protests.

To ensure the integrity of the ballot, an observation mission of the European Union Tuesday 20 observers deployed throughout the country, whose numbers are expected to reach 70 forward observers, divided into teams of two. In a decision issued on September 11, the day after the official opening of the election campaign, the High Authority for Communication (HAC) has banned any media to communicate any result whatsoever until the proclamation of the Ceni Preliminary results of presidential elections.

Source: By Jeune Afrique with AFP

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