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African Union Chair, Jean Ping, “Pleased” with Guinea Poll Run-Off Date

August 14, 2010

Guinea: Jean Ping ‘pleased’ with Guinea poll run-off date

The chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, says he is ‘pleased’ with the run-off date for Guinea’s presidential vote, a ccording to a statement made available to PANA in Dakar on Friday.

The 19 September date was agreed as a consensus between the various interest groups and he urged all sides involved in the election to draw on lessons from the f irst round and make all arrangements to effectively implement the recommendations made to guarantee legality, transparency and credibility of the poll.

Mr Ping launched ‘an urgent appeal’ to the candidates – Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde – their active members and supporters and all Guinean stakeholders to show moderation, restraint and sense of responsibility and to contribute to create the conditions needed to hold a campaign and election.

African heads of state and government, during their 15th ordinary summit held from 25 to 27 July in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, stressed the need to quickly hold the run-off of the Guinean presidential election.

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