Conde Targets Largest Ethnic Group in Guinea and a Fraudulent Election “With or Without the Opposition” on Horizon: International Community Needs to Step Up
September 27, 2011: Guinean security services beat unarmed man who was chaufering one of the opposition candidates to a peaceful march against Alpha Conde. The man was dragged out of the car he was driving and taken aside for a beating he will never forget. Later in the day, protesters were beaten, stabbed and followed to their homes where the violence continued. At least three opposition supporters lost their lives and many were injured.
Anyone who followed the 2010 presidential election in Guinea knows that the legislative elections are destined to be fraudulent. Why? Because the primary culprits of the stolen presidential election are organizing the 2012 legislative elections: Alpha Conde and his head of Guinea’s electoral council, the (CENI), Louceny Camara. Conde has thrown repeated roadblocks in front of the opposition on this issue during “dialogue” sessions which can only be described as a charade. The opposition has been unable to get the government to dissolve the present CENI and reconstitute a new one. Other aspects of the election have been in contention and the government refuses to budge. Just yesterday, the government announced that the elections will take place in May and the current CENI will run it. How can an election be organized without some government compromise with the opposition? In Guinea, it can, and it will. Guinea is heading for an election where the guy who actually lost the 2010 presidential election, Alpha Conde, through the CENI, will create a majority for himself in the national assembly
Actually, Conde would prefer not to hold elections at all. Currently, he rules as kings do – by decree, free of having to lobby the legislature or wait for laws to be passed. But, there is a lot of international pressure on Conde to “finalize” the transition and get on with the election. Let’s hope that the international community refrains from what it did during the 2010 presidential election when, in its haste to hold the election, it looked the other way as Peuhl voters were killed, beaten, raped, and homes were burned by both government forces and Conde’s partisans. These acts were perpetrated to disenfranchise thousands.
If the international community does not intervene immediately regarding legislative elections, it should be prepared for a full-scale, state-sponsored war on Peuhls, orchestrated by Conde. Heralding Conde as “Guinea’s first democratically-elected president” was an insult to Guineans and applauding him for completing the transition through elections that are patently fraudulent will be equally inappropriate.
Guineans, as well as their friends across the globe, will be watching the international community closely. When the blood begins to flow in earnest, the international community will be called upon to provide answers and to take action.
The following article about Conde’s government announcing that the legislative elections will be held in May, is a Google translation into English of the original, which is in French, from the website of Guinee 58: The ink to original article is: Alhassane Condé annonce les législatives pour Mai avec ou sans l’opposition
Alhassane Conde announces legislative elections for May “with or without the opposition.”
The legislative elections in Guinea, postponed for months, will be held in “May” with or without the opposition, said on Monday told AFP the Guinean Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (Interior), Alhassane Conde.
“These elections are slow in coming, but now everything is ready,” said Conde. “I think the revision of electoral rolls” will be completed “late April that elections are held in May 2012,” he added.
The Guinean opposition does not wish to participate in these elections under the supervision of the current Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accusing them of “playing the game of power.”
It requires restructuring and shutdown of its activities on the whole Guinean territory where its members are being deployed.
But according to Condé, there is no way to proceed with the restructuring of INEC except “wanting to go to elections in a year or in ten years”.
He said that “the law is very clear on this: nobody is forced to go to elections. Whoever wants to, he goes, he who does not want it, there will not, of all how the elections will take place “.
He advised her “friends of the opposition to agree to supervise” the INEC, “go to the elections and these elections, the INEC will be dissolved.” “If the opposition does not want to go to elections with the INEC, it will have to justify himself to his supporters,” he said.
Legislative elections were held in Guinea six months after installing the new president elected in November 2010, Alpha Conde, but they were constantly postponed. Originally scheduled for 29 December 2011, they were postponed indefinitely.
The last legislative elections in Guinea date back to June 2002, during the regime of President Lansana Conte died in December 2008 after 24 years in power.
A National Transitional Council (CNT) currently serves as the Parliament. It was established in early 2010, during the transition military led by General Konate, who handed power to Alpha Conde after the second round of presidential elections in November 2010.