UN’s Said Djinnit Arrives in Guinea, the Opposition Issues a Statement, and the U. S. Embassy Adds Its 2 Cents
Guineenews.org is reporting that Said Djinnit, UN-appointed facilitator for the government-opposition dialogue, arrived in Conakry today. He met with government representatives and with Cellou Dalein Diallo of the opposition.
Below you will find statements issued today from the Opposition and the U. S. Embassy regarding the current political situation in Guinea.
[Translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye – unfortunately, it is still pretty rough.]
Conakry, April 15, 2013
The Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP)
The Collective Political Parties for Completing the Transition
The Republican Club (CDR)
The United Front for Democracy and Progress (PDF)
“The Republican opposition notes the April 13 publication of the decree calling voters to polls on June 30, 2013. The opposition deplores the decision of the President of the Republic which falls on the eve of the opening of the national political dialogue which is designed for the expressed purpose of reaching consensual conditions of transparency in upcoming parliamentary elections.
This decree, when added to the Government’s recent statement about the so-called security system employed by the Waymark Sabary contract, which was illegally selected by the Government for the revision of the electoral file, confirms the lack of political will on the part of the government to participate in a frank and sincere dialogue with the opposition.
This attitude reflects a headlong determination by the government to ignore all legitimate claims made by the opposition which can be fulfilled through minimal conditions, and, therefore, guarantee the transparency and credibility of elections. These include the choice of a transparent and neutral technical operator responsible for updating the electoral register and confirmation that Guineans abroad can vote, in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Code.
The refusal of the authorities to take account of the minimum conditions for transparency runs the risk that the election results will be disputed, leading to post-election conflict with unpredictable consequences.
The primary goal of the current authorities is to oppose, through delaying tactics, the holding of direct and structured dialogue because of the concern that the outcome could be unfavorable due the relevance and legality of claims of the opposition.
Given this new situation created by the Government which also broke the truce concerning public demonstrations and violated agreements surrounding the electoral census, the Republican opposition has decided to resume its manifestations on the highways and public places.
It also launched an appeal to all the opposition commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and its branches to suspend all participation in the electoral process due to serious violation of their rights and legal and regulatory provisions governing the functioning of this institution, which is now completely subservient to the executive.
To stop this headlong rush of the Government, the Republican opposition calls on all its members and supporters and all Guineans to mobilize massively to participate in peaceful demonstrations beginning on Thursday, April 18 with a march in the capital and in all prefectures throughout the country. These events will continue until we have achieved, with total satisfaction, our legitimate demands aimed at the organization of fair and transparent elections and return to the roots of our country’s values of democracy, freedom and justice.
The Guinean opposition confirms the intention of the national and the international community’s determination to firmly oppose the holding of elections that would not be fair and transparent and not allow the installation of a parliament that does not truly reflect the votes actually cast by its citizens. “
Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America
We call on the Government of Guinea and the political parties of the opposition to continue dialogue in good faith. Under the facilitation of the UN Envoy for the implementation of a new Parliament, through the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.
We urge all those who organize demonstrations and rallies in Guinea to ensure that these events take place under appropriate conditions of peace and in accordance with the law.
We urge the security forces to protect all citizens and avoid excessive use of force.
We condemn the violence and destruction of private property that occurred during the recent demonstrations in which responsibilities are shared by both the Government and the opposition.
We urge all Guineans to avoid hate speech and other calls for ethnic violence.