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Guinea’s Diallo Holds President Vote Lead with Half of Districts Counted

November 12, 2010

Guinea’s Diallo Holds President Vote Lead With Half of Districts Counted
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By Ougna Camara – Nov 11, 2010 5:19 PM ET

Guinea’s former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo had his lead narrowed over opposition leader Alpha Conde in votes counted from half of the country’s electoral districts after this week’s presidential runoff.

Four days after the Nov. 7 vote, Diallo had 53.3 percent of the ballots from 19 of 38 total districts and 13 overseas embassies, according to Bloomberg calculations based on figures given by Pathe Dieng, a spokesman for the country’s electoral commission, in Conakry today. Conde polled 46.7 percent of the votes, the data showed.

The commission has faced logistical problems in transporting the results from the interior of the country to the capital, said Siaka Toumany Sangare, the general from Mali who was given charge of the commission last month.

The election is the first democratic transfer of power in the country since it attained independence from France in 1958. Diallo won the most votes in the June 27 first round, but not enough to secure an outright victory in the world’s biggest producer of bauxite, the key aluminum ingredient.

Both candidates have logged “significant numbers of complaints” against the partial results, Sangare told reporters, adding that the commission would “analyze” the protests. Before the poll, the commission said the provisional winner would be announced by tomorrow.

Observers from the African Union said Nov. 8 the voting was held in a “serene and peaceful atmosphere,” while the Economic Community of West African States said deficiencies of electoral materials in some areas didn’t compromise the vote.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ougna Camara in Conakry via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

    
Last update: 5:48 PM ET, Nov 11

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