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Guinea Election in Less Than 24 Hours: Buckle Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

November 6, 2010

In this first post about tomorrow’s vote, we want to bring you up to date on events that have occurred recently in the lead-up to the election.  Rumors are racing around Guinea like cars at the Indy 500.  As reasonable confirmation is acquired on these rumors, we will issue additional posts to the site.

-Diallo and Conde, at the behest of the International Contact Group, signed a “peace” agreement last night.  This was a must-do for both candidates.  Conde’s promise for a peaceful election was easy to make — most of the fraud his campaign planned to commit has been done already. 

-The violence orchestrated last week by Conde’s campaign, in which Malinkes attacked Puels, has resulted in the disenfranchisement of thousands of Diallo voters who were forced to flee their voting districts.  While the CENI has promised to place special voting stations for those who were forced to flee, the realization of this accommodation is doubtful.

-Throughout this week,  the Alpha Conde campaign has been sending busloads of “observers” (really Conde campaign collaborators) to Middle Guinea and the Lower Coast which are strongholds of both Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure (former presidential candidate and presently the leader of Diallo’s campaign.)  The word from these regions is that the collaborators are harrassing local electoral officials and committing violence as an intimidation technique. 

-The issue of whether one must have an alphanumeric card in order to vote will be a major issue tomorrow.  As more information becomes available we will let you know.

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