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Presidential Press Release: Conde’s Election Preparation Story is an Exercise in Creative Writing. Will the Intended Audience, the International Community, Buy It?

April 16, 2013

Someone in the presidential press office, with a lot of energy, sewed together the following story of how a brave Alpha Conde, striving for free and fair elections and, with the help of the EU, the Organization of the Internationale Francophonie – OIF, and the UNDP, will bring Guineans the most transparent election on the planet – not. The press release appears further down.

The author of the press release must have sat down with Conde’s appointments secretary and extracted all the meetings from Conde’s calendar which appear to be even remotely pertinent to election preparation. Conde is quoted often throughout the text saying lofty and patriotic things – you, know like a real head of state.

The press release demonstrates that Conde relies on reviews by international community representatives of the election computer systems to assure the people of Guinea that everything will be alright. Unfortunately, everything is not alright.

The EU, in the personhood of Philippe Van Damme, passed himself off as a computer whiz and lavishly praised the Waymark company pronouncing the system ready to be used, much to the anger of the pposition. It turns out Mr. Van Damme is not a “computer whiz” and his overly optimistic assessment of the wonders of Waymark was way off the mark. Opposition supporters have demonstrated in front of EU offices in Conakry over this issue. The OIF is a bit problematic in that it was quite helpful during the 2010 election in getting Alpha Conde selected as president. On the other hand, it redeemed itself slightly by doing a thorough review of the computerized election preparations and came up with 20 major problems which needed reconciling. And, what did the government do with this? It ended up in the hands of the CENI president who concealed it from the opposition for months and, when it was finally shared, it was this past February and deemed too late to address OIF’s concerns. A similar incident happened with the UNDP assessment which firmly challenged the electoral computer system. The UNDP report was presented to the government in April 2012. The head of the CENI concealed the report from fellow CENI members and the opposition.

In the end, how can you trust Conde who stole his presidency in 2010 to be on the straight and narrow with legislative elections in 2013? Remember that Conde came to office with a major mandate deficit after his fraudulent finish and the legislative election is the only way he can demonstrate that “Guineans are with him.” But, Alpha Conde is even less popular now than when he was “selected” in 2010.  He has only one choice — commit massive fraud to create his own mandate from the people.

In the end, the presidential press office produced a pretty good story –- unfortunately, it’s not good enough to be true.

[Translation via Google to English]

Politics – Press Release President of the Republic on the political situation.

posted April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

The President, Professor Alpha Conde took Saturday, April 13, 2013, the decree convoking the electorate on 30 June.
After reassured that all conditions are met preparation techniques on the side of the Ceni, the Head of State is to meet the expectations of Guineans: “I am a democratically elected president, I will never accept that during my tenure, elections are held that are not transparent and democratic, “stated, there is this year, Mr. President.
For this purpose, the Head of State had stated some concerns among which:
-The completion of the transfer of all data alfa-numeric and bio-digital SAGEM to the new operator of the revision of electoral rolls, Waymark. The President asked in this context the cooperation of the European Union (EU), the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP);
-Transparency and information sharing between INEC and all election stakeholders, particularly political parties participating in elections, and technical and financial partners;
-The course in a timely revision of the electoral exceptional throughout the national territory;
-Strict adherence to statutory provisions governing the conduct of elections in our country. These provisions are contained in the Organic Law on the Electoral Code, Act 013 establishing the responsibilities, composition, organization and functioning of the CENI.
All these concerns are met today, the Government and INEC went beyond expectations. Also on 11 April, the Government spokesman, Albert Damantang Camara, should he say: “… the government has insisted that the security of the ballot is now guaranteed by the experts of the European Union which have particular noted that all recommendations contained in the report of the OIF were taken into account by the CENI. Moreover, the Francophonie itself, will again be closely associated, and in the weeks to come, the election process.

Strong conclusions and recommendations of audits conducted by the various computer experts available to the electoral process, including the European Union, and to meet a guarantee of transparency and increased confidence in the computer system management of the electoral Guinea, INEC decided at its plenary session on 29 March 2013, to implement, with the assistance of its technical and financial partners, allowing control measures to independent third parties to follow the enrollment process including:
-Setting up of monitoring software revision operations at the central site;
-The execution, by a third party, the die doublonnage multi-biometrics (fingerprints and facial);
-The establishment of a committee to monitor the operations of revision of electoral rolls in which will serve the department heads of the CENI, the experts of technical and financial partners, in support of INEC and those of the two alliances recognized by the Act (opposition movement).
To date, according to the latest report of the expert of the European Union mandated for this purpose, all the technical recommendations of the OIF and UNDP have been resolved by the Technical Operator and concludes that” the security access to kits has been increased to an unprecedented level.” All these implementations should provide technical and administrative greatly strengthen the confidence of political actors in the electoral process. “
“Every effort will be made ​​to the parliamentary elections copies. The Government, with the support of its partners and the full participation of political parties and voters hope that these elections are the occasion of the establishment of a central pillar of our republican institutions: the National Assembly “ , the minister said government spokesman.
In the framework of consultations with stakeholders in the electoral process, to allow free elections, transparent and accepted by all, the President met with representatives of political parties (including the opposition) and the company Civil Nov. 15, 2011.
He, always with the aim of consultations to identify the solutions for moving the law, met Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Mr. Diallo, president of the UFDG, as representative of political parties to collective the completion of the transition and the Alliance for Democracy and Progress.
Friday, April 27, 2012, the President of the Republic had a meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited to Guinea, including representatives of the G8, the ambassadors of Nigeria, China and Russia. Also present were the coordinator of the UN system, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union and the Resident Representative of ECOWAS.
That same Friday, April 27, 2012, the President of the Republic received the 24 commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, the President of the Republic received Mr Jean-Marie Dore, president of the UPG, in his capacity as representative parties of the Centre.
The Head of State also met with the Secretary General of the RPG-Arc-en-ciel, Dr. Saloum Cisse, in his capacity as representative parties claiming the presidential majority.
Several other meetings were held between the President and various members of the opposition throughout the year 2012 and 2013.
In early March 2013, as part of the revival of the national dialogue, the Head of State, on its own initiative, has also received representatives of all political Guinea. Aboubacar Sylla (spokesman of ADP, and the Collective CDR), the SARP Dialikatou Diallo and Dr. Bangoura of the Faculty have participated in this meeting.
“We are all responsible for peace in our homeland. The entire political class, without distinction, whether the presidential, center or opposition must work to enable Guinea to move forward and focus on economic reforms they need to improve living conditions its people, “stated President Alpha Condé, who made ​​the proposal to set up a permanent framework for dialogue led by Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana.
“The convening of the electorate for June 30 in no way calls into question the dialogue that must continue,” said the government spokesman, Albert Camara Damantang.
It should be remembered that such to allow the resumption of national dialogue, INEC had accepted the judgment of the revision of electoral rolls and has also completed the restructuring of administrative committees of revision of electoral rolls (CARLE) the government wanted an electoral census to give every citizen the opportunity to receive a free new biometric identity card, finally agreed a simple revision of Article 162, which allowed the Chairman of INEC to cancel polling was amended and the government through a circular letter MATD, aimed at territorial administrators, said the neutrality of the Administration in the electoral process, and then redial Joint CENI has been made, with 10 members of the movement president, 10 members of the opposition, civil society 3 and 2 of the Administration, and finally an international facilitator was appointed by the United Nations as part of the dialogue.
All these actions are part of the will of the President of the Republic to find a compromise with the electoral actors to go to elections in a consensual framework.
The President invited the Guinean people to mobilize in a highly open and transparent political competition to choose the calm, ethical and electoral law, its representatives in the future National Assembly.
“The exemplary conduct of the election on 30 June 2013 confirm the political maturity of the Guinean people’s faith in the institutions of the Republic, its commitment to meet the challenges of consolidating democracy and the rule of law in our country” he said.
Sékhoutouréya, April 15, 2013

The Press Office of the President

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