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Guinea Supreme Court Will Announce Results of Election Review Tomorrow, Tuesday, According to Court Advisor

July 19, 2010

 
Final Guinea poll results ready Tuesday: court advisor

After half a century of dictatorships, 77 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots

Guinea’s Supreme Court will on Tuesday announce the final results of an historic first round presidential vote which took place on June 27, an advisor at the court told AFP Monday.

“We will not be ready until late tonight (Monday), so better to wait until tomorrow. We will give the final results during the day on Tuesday,” said Supreme Court advisor Robert Guilao.

The Supreme Court constitutional chamber, the highest court in the west African country, must rule on appeals lodged by political parties claiming irregularities and fraud in Guinea’s first free vote since independence in 1958.

A senior court official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: “We received 15 applications (of appeal) and we have already examined 12. Examination of the other three must be finished on Monday.”

After half a century of civilian and military dictatorships, 77 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots in the first round election.

If provisional results published on July 3 are confirmed, a second round would see former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo face off against long-time opposition politician Alpha Conde.

According to provisional results Diallo took the lead with 39.72 percent, with Conde coming in with 20.67 percent.

The results have however been disputed, notably by supporters of another ex-prime minister, Sidya Toure, who took third place with 15.60 percent and has alleged that ballot-stuffing was responsible for Conde landing in second place.

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