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Guinea Election Suffers Delays in Several Polling Stations

June 27, 2010

Guinea election suffers delays in several polling stations

Conakry, Guinea – Late arrival of electoral officials and party representatives as well as lateness in conveying election materials to the hinterland have delayed voting in several polling stations across Guinea, which went to the polls Sunday to elect a President after a year of disastrous military rule.

Though thousands had thronged the polling stations in Matam, in the capital city of Conakry, early in the morning, a number of polling stations did not open until one or two hours later.

The Minister of Territorial Administration and Political Affairs, Damey Nawa, acknowledged the difficulties in some places, especially in the country side where election materials arrived late.

Speaking on national radio, he said “everything will be done to fix the problems’ and that voting might be extended in the affected areas to allow people to vote.

Despite the hiccups, several voters who voted for the first time expressed their joy at having done their civic duty.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), some 4.2 million people registered to vote in the country’s 13,200 polling stations.

More than 500 foreign observers are monitoring the elections.

A former Nigerian head of state, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, heads the delegation of the Carter Centre, named after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

On the other hand, former president of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, led the 200 ECOWAS observers, while former Prime Minister of Togo, Edem Kodjo, heads the AU observers.

Conakry – Pana 27/06/2010

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