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Guinea Presidential Candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, Calls for a Firm Date to be Set for Run-Off

August 1, 2010

Guinea’s presidential frontrunner urges run-off poll date

(AFP) – 2 hours ago

CONAKRY — Guinea’s presidential frontrunner Cellou Dalein Diallo on Sunday called for a date to be set for a run-off vote, over a month after the country’s historic first democratic election.

Addressing a press conference in the capital Conakry, Diallo, leader of the Union of Democratic Forces in Guinea called on the electoral commission to “quickly organise the second round of the presidential election and set a date as soon as possible.”

The former prime minister led the June 27 poll with 43.69 percent of votes and is waiting to face off against opposition politician Alpha Conde in a second round.

“We can’t organise the first round with 24 candidates and not be able to organize the second round with only two candidates,” he added.

“The constitution specifies that the second round must take place 14 days after final results of the first round are confirmed by the Supreme Court,” he said.

According to Diallo the electoral commission proposed August 22 and “I do not see why Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore will oppose the organisation of the election on that date.”

“If we are told that given the extent of weaknesses and irregularities noted, CENI (electoral commission) needs another week we can concede, and that’s what we have done.”

Diallo is seen as almost certain to win a second round after this week winning the support of runner-up Sidya Toure who garnered 13.62 percent to take third place in the first round.

The country’s historic poll, the first since independence in 1958, was praised as peaceful, however there were widespread accusations of ballot-stuffing and voting irregularities.

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