Guinea Opposition Party “Bloc Liberal” Proposes Holding Next Elections in 2015 Running Presidential and Legislative Races Simultaneously
Bloc Liberal (or Liberal Block), is the newest political party in Guinea and it is aligned with the opposition. The leader of the party is Faya Millimono, who is a firm critic of Alpha Conde and his administration.
Bloc Liberal has introduced a plan to end Guinea’s political crisis which calls for a postponement of elections until 2015 and running the presidential and legislative elections simultaneously.
This makes a great deal of sense because there are too many deeply-rooted problems in Guinea’s socio-political fabric to try to resolve them with a quick fix. If the election is scheduled for two years from now, long-lasting remedies to long-standing problems can be sought and, maybe, the people of Guinea will be able concentrate on the qualities of candidates rather than worrying about being disenfranchised at the ballot box.
Friday, March 8, 2013 9:27 p.m.
Guinea has experienced in 2010 its first presidential elections on the basis of a genuine hope for democracy and a final return to constitutional order and social peace. The election of the President of the Republic should contribute to ending the long transitional period that knows the country by holding elections, free, transparent and credible. Unfortunately, two and a half years after the inauguration of the new President, the transition is far from over and the country fell into political stalemate and the social divide. Violation of rights and freedoms is fragrant. Impunity and insecurity are characteristic of the country’s current situation. Guinea is more fragile than ever and social tensions are high. Peace and national reconciliation are deeply compromised. Economic activity is slowing. Unemployment and poverty will crescendo.
However, December 21, 2010, the date of his swearing in, President Alpha Conde had yet said it is “the president of all Guineans …” He added that “the change we advocate is not against a political party or against an ethnic group, much less against a social class or socio-professional. ” This speech had yet raised much hope is far from reality that Guinea lives today.
The current socio-political crisis is the result of a lack of consensual framework for dialogue and worse policy based on exclusion and contempt for the other.
Given this situation, the Bloc Liberal notes with regret that the Guineans still continue to bear the brunt of arbitrary maintained by the State in disregard of the Constitution and the laws that protect every citizen. In the absence of strong republican institutions, and with impunity legendary, these atrocities continue to be part of the same logic of political violence known as the Guinea in January and February 2007, 28 September 2009 April 3, 2011, September 27, 2011, the night of 3 to 4 August 2012 at Zogota, etc. September 21, 2012. All these unsolved crimes plunge the country into a situation harmful.
In view of this, the Bloc Liberal reaffirms its commitment to the following principles:
- preservation of national unity and territorial integrity;
- respect of freedoms, the rule of law and human dignity;
- safeguarding democracy and institution building;
- protection of citizens and their property.
Recalling that the country is still in an unfinished transition and with reference to the principles listed and the Bloc Liberal recommends a momentary pause and reflection can avoid precipitation. Because, in the rush, this is once again an important decision on the future of Guinea would be taken without consulting the people under the pretext that we are running out of time. In addition, in a rush, and once again, it would be de facto a repetition of history, the conquest of an ideal which demonstrated its shortcomings, thus replacing the system that has fault.
In accordance with this recommendation, the Bloc Liberal adopts a proposal to end the crisis centered around the following points:
1. Immediately release all political prisoners and compensate those who have been arbitrarily arrested and those whose properties were looted or stolen by the police including traders who lost their goods.
2. Arresting systematically all the activities of INEC over the entire national territory.
3. Coupled organize elections (presidential and legislative) in 2015. The parliamentary elections now will only plunge the country into a deep crisis with unforeseeable consequences and devastating.
By 2015, it will:
- Establish an independent electoral commission with real skills and real powers. This technique is the image of the organ in charge of elections in Ghana and has a permanent and independent electoral administration. This will require a new law on the establishment, organization and functioning of the National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the revision of the Electoral Code.
- To recruit an independent operator responsible for developing a reliable electoral register, through a revision of the existing file with transparency.
- Develop, adopt and implement a timetable for the effective holding of fair and credible elections in a peaceful environment.
4. Establish a national unity government, offering the support political and social mainly composed of competent and honest managers, led by a prime minister with extended powers that the President will not resign by the end of the transition 2015. The choice of prime minister will be made on the basis of a profile to be defined by consensus.
5. Establish a framework for consultation during the transitional period with a high-level international facilitation. The technical certification of the reliability of the electoral register will be made by international mediation.
6. Establish a true national reconciliation program at local and national level. This program should be based on the establishment of a “contract local social cohesion” and the establishment of truth and justice.
7. Reforming the National Council of transition (CNT) to adapt to new realities.
8. Revise and adopt the Constitution by referendum based on the realities of the country and not a constitution copied and pasted, tailored and written the name and place of the people. Community consultation should be preferred.
9. The establishment of a permanent monitoring system reliability File electoral experts and the mainstream opposition.
A roadmap will accompany this memorandum in the coming days.
Conakry, March 8, 2013
The Bloc Liberal
NB: all managers of the transitional period, including the President of the Republic will not be candidates for presidential and legislative elections.