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Francophonie Computers Stolen from Guinea’s Electoral Body Offices

October 21, 2010

In addition to the 17 computers stolen this week, add another 33 computers stolen in September.  A manual count may be the only way to assure that all the votes cast by the people of Guinea are counted.

Computers stolen from Guinea’s electoral body

At least 17 computers installed by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) were stolen in the night between Monday and Tuesday from the offices of Guinea’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), a source close to the electoral body said on Wednesday.

The computers, the source said, were to be used for processing data related to the results of the country’s second round of presidential elections scheduled for Sunday.

This theft came after a similar case at the CENI headquarters despite heavy security presence. It may force the organization to carry out manual tallying the run-off.

Election officials blasted the theft as “immoral act,” indicating the possibility of delaying the counting of votes and the publication of the final results after the Oct. 24 elections, which will field Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde for the West African country’s top post.

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