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CENI Postpones Presidential Run-Off in Guinea – New Date to be Determined

July 10, 2010

 
INEC postpones presidential election runoff in Guinea
 

APA-Conakry (Guinea) The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Friday night the deferment of the presidential elections runoff whose date was originally set for 18 July, without setting a new timetable for the polls to elect a new president for Guinea.

The INEC through its Director of Operations, Pathe Dieng, said the July 18 date had in fact not been chosen by mutual agreement with all political actors in Guinea.

The date of the runoff would depend on the verdict of the 27 June first round whose results led to a wave of protest.

All eyes are turned to the Supreme Court so that it takes a decision about the various petitions submitted by some candidates, unhappy with their scores.

In the Guinean electoral code, it is established that the election runoff must take place two weeks after the announcement of the final results by the Supreme Court.

Some knowledgeable observers believe that the runoff could be held in August.

The first round was won by the candidate of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) Cellou Dalein Diallo, with nearly 40 percent of the votes cast, followed by Alpha Conde’s Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG) with 20 percent of the vote.

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