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Org. of La Francophonie (OIF) Concerned About Election Postponement

September 18, 2010

Guinea: Electoral uncertainties in Guinea worry OIF

Paris, France – The Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, on Friday expressed concerns over the uncertainties that led to the postponement of Sunday’s second-round of presidential elections in Guinea.

In a statement issued here, Diouf said the electoral uncertainties had adversely impacted on peace and security in Guinea.

He called on all Guinean political stakeholders to act within the spirit of the Declaration of Ouagadougou, signed by both Alpha Conde and Cellou Dalein Diallo, the two candidates in the run-off.

‘Everything must be implemented for a successful transition, which should result in free, reliable and transparent elections, results of which are to accepted by all,’ the former Senegalese president added.

Citing ‘technical reasons’, the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) on Thursday postponed the run-off between former Prime Minister (Diallo) and Conde.

Clashes between militants and supporters of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), headed by Diallo, and those of the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), led by Conde, have left a person dead and several dozens injured, forcing the transition government to suspend the campaign for the run-off.

Paris – Pana 18/09/2010

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