October 29, 2010 – A total of 78 members of Guinea’s National Transitional Council (CNT), the transitional legislative body, have undergone training in view of the presidential elections postponed to Nov. 7, officials say.
After the training of these 78 CNT members on a series of issues ranging from monitoring the voting process to dealing with malpractices, they will be deployed across all the constituencies in the country.
Of the trainees, 38 will be deployed as national observers while the remaining will serve as supervisors of the voting exercise in the country’s 38 constituencies.
These national commissioners, supervisors or election observers will not be part of the vote counting commission in the polling station.
In order to facilitate their work, the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has given them documentation to help them access polling stations on the ground.
The second round will be contested by Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde, who respectively got 43.69 percent and 18.25 percent of the votes during the first round held on June 27.
The presidential run-off has been put off several times in the past months amid tensions between supporters of both candidates. Two people have been reportedly killed in the confrontations and dozens of others injured.