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GUINEA: Voter List Ready for Election – Almost 1M Registered in Conakry, But Only 122,000 in the Diaspora?

June 11, 2010

Guinea: Voters’ register ready for Guinea presidential polls

Conakry, Guinea – Voters’ register, updated in May for the presidential election of 27 June, is ready for use, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has said.

Some 4,297,686 voters have registered on the new voters’ register, which places the region of Conakry as having the highest number, with 978,000 registered, followed by N’Zérékoré (south), with 500,000 voters, while the five other regions of the country registered between 300,000 and 400,000 voters.

About 122,117 foreign-based indigenes were registered on the voters’ register, CENI disclosed here on Tuesday.

Some political parties, notably the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), led by Alpha Condé, complained about the quality of the voting papers which could be confusing and “the reduction of the number of polling stations” in Upper Guinea (east), the traditional stronghold of the party.

RPG also condemned the increase of the number of polling stations in Middle Guinea, considered as the stronghold of the Union of the Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) of Mamadou Cellou Dalein Diallo.

CENI announced the deployment of the electoral equipment (boxes, polling booths, indelible ink, among others) at the interior of the country, where the 24 retained candidates continued to hold rallies to present their programmes.

General Aly Traoré, special envoy of President Blaise Compaoré, mediator of the Guinean crisis, Tuesday told journalists, after an interview with the Minister of Administration of the Territory and Political Affairs (MATAP), Nawa Damey, that he was satisfied with the work done by CENI, adding that he was going back confident on the holding “of a good election.”

PANA recalled that the European Union (EU) is considering sending some 67 observers for the presidential election.

Conakry – Pana 10/06/2010

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