24 September 2010

Guinea: Election Commission Sets New Date For Polls

Photo: Maseco Conde/IRIN
Armed soldiers crush protests in Guinea in February 2007.

The new head of Guinea's election commission has announced that postponed second round of the presidential elections will now be held on October 10.

Lounceny Camara, who replaced the late Ben Sékou Sylla, announced the new date earlier this week. However, Camara's appointment to head the commission has generated controversy, casting a cloud over the acceptability and credibility of the outcome of the elections.

On the one hand, the supporters of Alpha Condé's Rassemblement du peuple de Guinée welcome the choice. They say it is in conformity with the law, as he is a member of civil society. But those who back Condé's rivals in the election, Cellou Dalein Diallo and his Union des forces démocratiques de Guinée, doubt he will be neutral - they say he is a supporter of Condé's party.

Article excerpted and translated from Fasozine of Ouagadougou by Michael Tantoh.

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