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Accredited Guinean Electoral Observation Team: Prevented from Observing and Roughed Up by FOSSEL Cops

September 30, 2013

The Election Observation Mission of the EU reacts to “bullying” of observers IRDED

Heinan Goba  Monday, September 30, 2013 5:55 p.m.Print

Deputy Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the European Union, Tommaso Caprioglio , responded to the press on Monday as they learned it that representatives of the IRDED (Institute for Democracy and Rule of Law), a fully accredited local electoral observation team were denied access to polling stations and places of centralization of the votes.

Two of them have even been beaten by officers Fossel (Special Force securing parliamentary elections).

“The Election Observation Mission of the European Union has not encountered such a problem but, it will make contact with all other observer missions to try to clear this matter,” promised Tommaso Caprioglio. For he has said, “this is not  normal for an accredited electoral observer mission to be prevented from doing its job.”

“Any observer with accreditation should have access to polling stations and places of centralization of votes. This applies to national and local observers. “People should not discriminate”, said the deputy head of the election observation mission of the EU.

About the elections, the mission noted in a press release, huge irregularities in the voting process. Despite these irregularities, it notes with satisfaction, according to the same statement, that “despite the significant organizational shortcomings of the electoral process, Guineans expressed peacefully, their desire to end the transition.”

                               
Heinan Goba
Conakry GuineeActu

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