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Guinea Officials Meet to Discuss Poll Postponement

October 21, 2010

Guinea officials meet to discuss poll postponement

The Associated Press
Thursday, October 21, 2010; 7:16 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea’s electoral commission says it is meeting to decide whether to postpone yet again Sunday’s presidential ballot.

Electoral chief Siaka Toumani Sangare says he’s meeting with officials Thursday. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told French radio Wednesday that the vote would be delayed to Oct. 31 but Sangare says no decision has been made yet.

The runoff would allow Guineans to choose their first democratically elected leader since their West African nation won independence from France in 1958. There have been violent protests and 17 computers that were to tabulate poll results have disappeared. Local journalists have reported voting materials have not yet appeared in many villages.

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