Guinea presidential run-off election postponed

Last Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 00:03

Conakry: The second round of Guinea`s
presidential election, scheduled for July 18, has been
postponed to a date yet to be set, an electoral commission
official told agency on Friday in Conakry.

"It all depends on the supreme court, but it will no
longer be July 18," said Pathe Dieng, director of operations
at the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).
Guinea`s Supreme Court is currently considering several
complaints lodged by political parties over the running of the
first round of the presidential election on June 27.

"We are waiting to see, to approach the supreme court to
fix a new date," he added, referring to the run-off between
former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and a veteran
opponent of many Guinean regimes, Alpha Conde.

Thousands of supporters of Guinean former prime minister
Sidya Toure rallied Monday alleging electoral fraud after
their candidate placed third, missing the second-round
run-off.

Many others among the initial 24 candidates have also
alleged voting irregularities -- and the electoral commission
has itself acknowledged "many cases of fraud".

Under commission rules, objectors had eight days to
contest the results.
According to provisional results, which the court still
has to confirm, in the first round Diallo got 39.72 per cent
of the vote and Conde 20.67 per cent.

On June 27, more than three million Guineans, 77 per cent
of registered voters, took part in the West African nation`s
first democratic election since independence from France in
1958.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 00:03

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