World Presidential in Guinea: five million voters called to the polls in a contested ballot

07:55  18 october  2020
07:55  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Twelve candidates are in the running, including outgoing president Alpha Condé, who is seeking a contested third term, and his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo. The key elements of this election.

With our correspondent in Conakry, Moctar Bah

Even if the vote takes place throughout the country, from 8 am to 6 pm, many Guineans in the diaspora will not be able to speak. They will vote in only eleven embassies and consulates in Africa, according to a source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni). This will not be the case in Senegal or even in Angola, two countries where many Guinean nationals reside.

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Alternation or a third term for Alpha Condé?

The main stake of this election is the renewal of Alpha Condé for a third term, or the alternation at the head of the country. This battle, the head of state, who changed the Constitution during a controversial referendum to be able to stand for re-election, hopes to win in the first round, with a new "knockout", as he had theorized. in 2015.

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He will face eleven other candidates, including Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), his opponent for the third time, who campaigned on this slogan: "It is time".

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Climate of mistrust

If the Ceni ensures that everything is ready for the vote, commissioners of the institution have expressed doubts about the credibility of the process and a climate of mistrust reigns in the headquarters of political parties.

A few hours before the opening of the polling stations, the different camps accuse each other of fueling the tension by intimidating their respective delegates.

Within the ranks of the UFDG, the main opposition party, they denounce "a unilateral organization" of the composition of polling stations with the provision of a single report for all candidates. "Everything is done to create discord," sighs its secretary general Aliou Condé.

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On the side of the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), the party in power, we are on the other hand rather serene about the conduct of the voting operations. It is during the counting and centralization of the results that party spokeswoman Domani Doré fears tensions. "The opposition has already warned that it will proclaim its own results when only the Ceni has the right to do so," she worries. “No one can prevent citizens from communicating,” replies Aliou Condé.

These two main formations have planned to deploy delegates to each of the 425 prefecture polling stations. Their officials promise to be vigilant on the transparency of the ballot, as indicated in this report by our special correspondent Charlotte Idrac in Labé:

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An election after months of protest

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The FNDC manages to mobilize many citizens. But these rallies ended in clashes with law enforcement and arrests. The FNDC then opts for “dead city days”. At the same time, the political dialogue is tense: based on the recommendations of a report by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), the opposition questions the reliability of the file, which according to it includes anomalies . On March 22, the opposition called for a boycott of the referendum and legislative elections. Believing that the electoral process is not transparent, the international community does not send observers.

The "yes" in favor of a new Constitution finally wins with 91% of the votes against a background of violence: there are officially about thirty

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the opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo entered the presidential race. The leader of the UFDG wants to "fight at the polls against a third term of the outgoing president". It thus breaks with the strategy of the FNDC, whose demonstrations are now struggling to mobilize. The ECOWAS, which finally supported the Electoral Commission in the overhaul of the file, considers that the latter is now of "satisfactory quality". Despite this, some members of the Ceni and the opposition continue to doubt the reliability of the electoral process.

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