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REUTERS: Guinea Run-Off Election Delayed, No New Date Set

October 22, 2010

UPDATE 1-Guinea run-off election delayed, no new date set
Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:59pm GMT

* Vote meant to transfer power from military to civilians * Candidate accused former election chief of bias.

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CONAKRY, Oct. 22 (Reuters) – Guinea’s Oct. 24 presidential election run-off will be delayed until conditions are right for the poll, the new head of the electoral commission said on Friday, without giving a new target date.

The vote, meant to transfer power from a military junta to civilians in the West African bauxite producing nation, has been delayed repeatedly amid street violence and rows over leadership of the electoral body.

“The October 24 date is not possible,” General Siaka Sangare told a news conference. He said a new date would be announced after the commission further assesses preparations for the poll.

Sangare was nominated to head the electoral commission earlier this week after one of the presidential candidates, former Prime Minister Cellou Dallein Diallo, accused his predecessor of bias.

The first round of voting in June passed off in relative calm despite fears of violence in the former French colony, which has attracted billions of dollars in mining investments from companies such as Rio Tinto and Vale. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; editing by Richard Valdmanis/David Stamp)

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