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Guinea Electoral Commission Rejects Gov’t. Involvement in Run-Off

August 26, 2010

Guinea electoral commission rejects gov’t involvement in run-off organization
16:19, August 26, 2010     

Guinea’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has rejected the proposal by Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore that the government take part in organizing the second round of presidential elections, CENI’s director of information Tierno Saidou Bayo said on Wednesday.

Bayo termed this as an unnecessary distraction and insisted that CENI would never allow any amendment to the electoral code.

Bayo noted that the Territorial Administration Ministry together with CENI had agreed to correct all anomalies and imperfections that had been witnessed during the first round of voting in order to get a peaceful run-off.

For sometime now, news has been spreading across the country indicating that the prime minister had the intention of proposing an amendment to the constitution to allow the government to be involved in the organization of the second round scheduled to be held on Sept. 19.

There is a general outcry against Dore’s proposal for a government role in the preparation for the elections.

This is the first time for an independent body to organize an election in Guinea. The legal provision No. 015 of Jan. 4, 2009 and the new constitution authorize CENI to organize Guinea’s presidential elections.

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