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Guinean Government Calls for Decent Run-Off Polls

September 9, 2010

Guinean government calls for decent run-off polls

Conakry, Guinea – The Guinean government has charged Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde, the two contestants in the run-off of the presidential elections scheduled for 19 September to run ‘civilized campaigns,’ which began Sunday, PANA reported.

The Minister for Communications, Aboubacar Sylla urged both leaders to apply ‘wisdom and responsibility’ during the campaigns, urging them to ban invectives and other personal attacks but to, instead, offer voters ‘coherent society-oriented p rogrammes.’

Mr. Sylla said the campaigns will be held in ‘exceptional context’ and regretted the recent incidents by supporters of both contestants, indicating that the Guineans yearn for ‘a true democratic state’ after 52 years of independence.

‘Guinea is at the crossroads (…), I ask the two leaders to conform to the recent agreement on the code of good conduct they signed in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), under the auspices of the mediator, President Blaise Compaore.

Both candidates Friday signed in Ouagadougou, an agreement on ‘a code of good conduct’ and pledged to comply with it before, during and after the elections, to prevent ‘arousing conflicts in Guinea and the sub region.’

Both candidates, who have forged alliances for the second round, go door-to-door for several weeks within the neighbourhoods to sensitize voters.

The leader of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) Cellou Dalein Diallo, who came first in the first round of the ballots with 43 per cent of votes cast, signed an agreement with a section of the former ruling party, the Party of Unity and Progress (PUP), whose candidate, Alhaji Aboubacar Sompare, scored only 0.69 per cent of the votes cast.

Diallo also forged partnerships with another presidential candidate, Sidya Toure of the Union of Republican Forces (UFR), who came third, with 13 per cent of the votes and Ibrahima Sylla Abe of the New Generation for the Republic (NGR), who garnered three per cent of the votes cast.

The two agreements sparked debate, prompting some elements of the merged groups, as well as young supporters, to express discontent for not being consulted before hand on the issue.

Conakry – Pana 06/09/2010

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