Guinea Interim Pres., Sekouba Konate, Urges Discussions with Mediator to Break Electoral Deadlock
APA – Conakry (Guinea) The president of the transition in Guinea, Sekouba Konate, on Wednesday in Conakry, invited the different protagonists in the stalled electoral process to as soon as possible, meet with Burkinabe president and facilitator in the crisis in Guinea, to discuss the possible consequences of the postponement of the presidential runoff, as proposed by the electoral commission.
For General Sekouba Konate, it is up to the National Electoral Commission to create the best conditions for the organisation of a good second round, as it proposed the dates of the first and second round of the country’s presidential poll. It is recalled that the second round was scheduled to take place on 19 September.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) recently suggested the deferment of the second round, initially planned for 19 September 2010, for technical reasons related to the frontrunners’ demands,” Sekouba Konate said in a televised address to the nation.
“The new situation requires from all stakeholders of the transition to hold a meeting with the mediator, to review the consequences of the cancellation, which I think urges all and everyone, to lean lessons from it,” he explained in his speech.
For Sekouba Konate, there still are hurdles to remove, errors of appreciation and judgment, which should be discussed, to prevent Guinea from falling into a political crisis.
Sekouba Konate urged the two candidates, Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde to use their weight and authority to ask their militants to be calm and show restraint for a smooth holding of the second round.
He also invited them to abide by the MoU signed on 3 September 2010 in Ouagadougou, for a “peaceful political campaign in Guinea”.
He finally called on the institutions of the transition, his cabinet, and the army to remain strictly neutral in the race between Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde.