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Guinea Opposition Re-Affirms Its Position on Elections: No Transparency, No Elections

May 22, 2013
It is announcements like this that scare the beejeebers out of the international community. The opposition, which represents the majority of the Guinean electorate, says, rather than boycott elections, it will prevent them altogether if the government insists on using the troublesome Waymark contract.  The opposition contends that the Waymark software has been rigged and the government intends to use it to commit the fraud necessary to give it a majority in the national assembly.
 
In 2010, the international community pushed for the completion of Guinea’s transition to civilian rule by forcing Guineans to vote in a grossly fraudulent election.  As Guinea slowly unraveled, the international community insisted on holding the election because it made the country look stable.  And,if elections go forward on June 30?  On July 1, the international community will have to explain how the band aid it put on Conde’s theft of the 2010 election erupted into such an earthquake in the legislative elections.
 
The opposition realizes, finally, that playing nice may be its forte, but it has not helped to dislodge Conde from the presidential palace. When injustice is ignored and derided, as the international community and Alpha Conde have done repeatedly to the opposition, well, you know what they say about payback.
 
 
2013-05-21 14:12

  • Conakry – Guinea’s opposition has threatened to prevent parliamentary elections taking place on June 30 unless the South African company responsible for managing the electoral roll is replaced, its leader said.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, head of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), said late on Monday that his party wanted Waymark and its local partner dropped in favour of “another operator selected on the basis of an international tender”.

“If this is not the case, we will not boycott the elections, but will prevent them outright,” he said, without elaborating.

Discontent is simmering in the west African country, where 15 people have been killed as violence has erupted several times during opposition protests calling for transparency in the election.

Among the protesters’ grievances was the selection of Waymark to revise the electoral roll, with opponents of President Alpha Conde accusing the company of colluding with the government to rig the election.

Opposition supporters in Guinea are also protesting against a decree that sets June 30 as the date for elections, which have been repeatedly delayed since 2011.

The main opposition parties underlined their suspicions over the transparency of the polls by refusing to submit their lists of candidates by Monday’s deadline, a member of Guinea’s election commission told AFP.

As a result, the candidates’ lists in most constituencies are made up of “parties unknown to most”, he said on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile party leaders have accused the electoral commission of pricing them out of the vote by charging up to $11 600 for each nomination.

The last legislative elections were held in 2002 under then president Lansana Conte, who ruled the former French colony for 24 years until his death in December 2008, which prompted a disastrous coup marked by extreme police brutality.

The United Nations Security Council said in a statement in April that it was “worried about instability” in Guinea and called for calm in the restive nation.

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