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Guinea’s Presidential Candidates Satisfied with Poll Date

August 10, 2010

Guinea’s presidential candidates satisfied with poll date

(AFP) – 5 hours ago

CONAKRY — The two parties in Guinea whose candidates will face off in the second round of a presidential election expressed satisfaction Tuesday at the announcement of a date, September 19.

“Our wish was that the poll be held as soon as possible. Now we have a date, it’s good, indeed very good. Everyone is ready, our combat is to win this election in incontestable fashion,” said former prime minister Cellou Diallo Diallo, candidate of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG).

“We have the means and the militants to attain our end. I thank all those involved in the transition who have brought the ship of Guinea to this point,” Diallo told AFP.

Diallo and historic opposition leader Alpha Conde were the frontrunners in a first-round vote on June 27, which is considered the first free poll in the west African country since independence in 1958, because Guinea has long been under military rule or dictatorship.

A general, Sebouka Konate, took power in February and promised to lead the country to an elected democracy. The first round of the presidential polls took place in a festive atmosphere.

For his part, Mohamed Diane, the administrative secretary of Conde’s Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), “took note of this decision” (the new election date).

“We simply ask that the imperfections and other weaknesses observed during the first round be reviewed and corrected. Our request is not to accept the flaws noted and knowingly maintained during the first round. Let everyone work for a good voting process to spare our country violence,” Diane told AFP, speaking for Conde.

Diallo and Alpha Conde respectively won 43.69 percent and 18.25 percent of the votes in the first round of the poll on June 27, according to official results.

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