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African Union Hails Preparations for Guinea Presidential Poll

June 19, 2010

African Union hails preparations for Guinea presidential poll
News – Africa news

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The African Union (AU) said Friday it was satisfied with steps taken to hold Guinea’s first presidential elections on 27 June to restore civilian rule,This follows the signing into law of a new constitution and the electoral law.

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU said the signing into law of a new constitution and the electoral law, meant that the return to civilian rule in the West African nation was final and irreversible.

Guinea’s interim President, General Sekouba Konate, signed the two charters into law ahead of the 27 June elections.

Guinea was suspended from the AU after the military seized power following the death of President Lansana Conte in December 2008.

The PSC said the political parties in Guinea should avoid raising political tension in the country ahead of the elections.

“Members of all political parties should exercise moderation, restraint and a sense of responsibility and contribute to creating conditions conducive for the proper conduct of the electoral process, including the electoral campaign,” the PSC said.

The 15-member Council also received a briefing on the plans for the reform of the military and asked the international community to provide financial resources.

It said the politicians in the country must uphold the supreme interest of Guinea and refrain from any action likely to create tensions and undermine the electoral process.

The Council also invited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the transitional institutions, as well as political parties and the media, to sensitize citizens, including political actors, activists and supporters of democratic values.

It said this should lead them to respect and to ensure respect for democratic rules, including, among others, tolerance, non-anticipation of the results and the acceptance of election results.

Council took note of the submission, to the Guinean authorities, of the report of the joint ECOWAS-AU-UN expert group on the reform of the defence and security sectors, led by General Lamine Cisse.

It requested the ECOWAS, the AU and the UN to develop, in consultation with the government to be formed after the elections and interested partners, the modalities for the implementation of its recommendations, including the financial and technical support and the necessary materials to sustain its democracy.

Addis Ababa – Pana 19/06/2010

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