Mr. Alexander Laskaris, the Ambassador of the US to Conakry, is the First Electoral Agent for Alpha Conde (EN-FR)

Below is the translation of the article into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye.  The French version follows.

Mr. Alexander Laskaris, the Ambassador of the US to Conakry is the first electoral agent for Alpha Conde

President Alpha Conde has a VIP electoral agent who is a salesman of the fraudulent victory of the RPG rainbow sky in the elections of September 28. This is the case of His Excellency the Ambassador of the United States in Conakry and his name is Mr. Alexander Laskaris. He is the self-proclaimed sponsor of Bakary Fofana’s CENI. All his statements are consistent with the consolidation of fraud and a farce orchestrated by Guinean authorities.

No sooner had the people of Guinea finished voting, Mr. LASKARIS stated that “the results are not important.” It makes you wonder then why the people even bothered to vote. Behind his muffled speech, he hid the message the results would have to be accepted regardless. In addition, while the observation mission of the European Union criticized the dismal organization of these elections and CENI’s mismanagement, Mr. LASKARIS announced from his perch at the US embassy that “the vote was free, democratic and transparent, “ as if Mr. Ambassador was suffering from political myopia or electoral blindness. Continuing with his turpitude, Mr. LASKARIS is trying to force the opposition to accept fraudulent results “that do not count.” Between trickery and threats, he stops at nothing.  He goes deeply and more dangerously than Bakary Fofana, the president of the CENI, which itself under the boot of  Alpha Conde.

In the pre-election phase, Mr. LASKARIS did not hesitate to assert that “the opposition had no right to prevent the elections.” And, he came close to saying “even in the case of fraud.” The behavior of this Ambassador from the “messianic” country of freedom, democracy and human rights, it is puzzling and alarming. Is he an isolated accomplice who ignores the political and diplomatic line of his country?  Or is he the embodiment of this diplomatic line that would support a prominent dictator who becomes worse by the day? These are some of the questions everybody is asking  in Conakry.

As we await answers to these questions, to which His Excellency will probably not miss the opportunity to supply, the people will put their hands over their ears in order to not have their ear drums blown out by the shattering statements of Mr. LASKARIS..  It is time he lowers his decibels because it is increasingly painful for the hearing of the people of Guinea.

Monsieur Alexander LASKARIS, ambassadeur des USA à Conakry est le 1er agent électoral du président Alpha Condé

Le président Alpha Condé dispose d’un agent électoral VIP et qui se fait le VRP de la victoire frauduleuse du RPG arc-en-ciel aux législatives du 28 septembre dernier. Il s’agit en l’occurrence de son excellence Monsieur l’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis à Conakry. Monsieur LASKARIS Alexander, c’est son nom, est le parrain auto désigné de la CENI de Bakary Fofana. Toutes ses déclarations vont dans le sens de la consolidation des fraudes et des mascarades orchestrées par les autorités Guinéennes.

A peine, le peuple de Guinée a séché l’ancre au doigt, Monsieur LASKARIS déclare que « les résultats ne sont pas importants ». C’est à se demander pourquoi le peuple a alors voté. Derrière ce discours feutré, se cachait le message qu’il faudrait accepter les résultats, quels qu’ils soient. En outre, alors que la mission d’observation de l’Union Européenne, foudroyait l’organisation lamentable de ces élections et leur gestion catastrophique par la CENI, Monsieur LASKARIS annonçait du haut de sa sainte ambassade que « le vote a été libre, démocratique et transparent ». Comme si Monsieur l’ambassadeur est frappé de myopie politique ou de cécité électorale. Aujourd’hui encore dans sa turpitude, Monsieur LASKARIS est dans toutes les manœuvres visant à faire accepter les résultats « qui ne comptent pas » par l’opposition. Entre ruse et menaces, il n’hésite à rien. Il y va à fond, bien plus dangereusement que Bakary Fofana, l’autre agent électoral de la CENI elle-même à la solde du président Alpha Condé.

Dans la phase préélectorale Monsieur LASKARIS n’avait pas hésité d’affirmer que « l’opposition n’avait pas le droit d’empêcher les élections ». C’est à peine qu’il n’ajouta « même dans la fraude ». L’attitude de Monsieur l’ambassadeur du pays, « messianique » de la liberté, de la démocratie et des droits de l’homme, interpelle et choque. Serait-il un complice isolé désobéissant la ligne politique et diplomatique de son pays ? Où est-il, l’incarnation de cette ligne diplomatique qui soutiendrait ainsi un éminent dictateur en pleine phase de croissance et d’ascension ? Ce sont là, quelques questions qui brûlent les lèvres à Conakry.

En attendant les réponses à ces questions, que son excellence ne manquera probablement pas d’apporter, le peuple se bouche les oreilles pour ne pas se faire péter le tympan par les fracassantes déclarations de Monsieur LASKARIS. Il est temps qu’il baisse ses décibels qui font de plus en plus mal à l’ouïe de la nation GUINEENNE.


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UFDGonline: Vote Results (Proportional) for the Five Communes of Conakry – Kaloum, Matam, Dixinn, Matoto, Ratoma just sent out Vote Results (Proportional) for the five communes of Conakry 

Guinea Legislative Election: The Opposition Denounces the “Massive Fraud” and the “Accomplices” (EN-FR)

Articles are popping out of Guinean websites, and Guinea Oye is not able to put everything into English that it would like. Here is a link (FR) to an article from about the opposition’s preliminary assessment of fraud thus far in the 2013 legislative elections.  After that, the same article appears translated into English via Google – rough, but hopefully better than nothing.

Mon, September 30th, 2013, 9:55 p.m.    Posted By Abdoulaye Bah

All Guinean opponents or almost, Diallo, Sidya Toure, Lansana Kouyate, Jean Marie Dore, Baadikko Mamadou Bah Diallo, Baidy Aribot met in emergency sessionConakry. At the end of their conclave, they clearly said they are not prepared to endorse any election tampering, such as found in Upper Guinea, forest region. And if no correction is made, they promised to decide further actions. 

When questioned, the former Prime Minister Sidya Toure gives details:. “Following our meeting today, we welcomed the mobilization of people for having voted Sept. 28.  But beyond the vote, this finding is appalling. The Forest in Upper Guinea in the capital, the Fouta and Lower Guinea, there has been tampering of all kinds. 
In the forest, the votes have been made via the boot of the army with military officials who were sent for this purpose. In Upper Guinea, there has been egregious violations. Parallel committees set up, including Lycée Franco Arabe Alpha Yaya Diallo Kankan and also to the Deputy Minister of Transport in Siguiri where all the results of the polling are filtered home. 52 offices were ordered specifically to Kankan and the Minister of Transport, Tidjane Traore helped Madikaba Camara and Camara Ambassador Deen, which has been reinforced by dozens of people who helped to proclaim results home that have nothing to do with reality, falsifying PV, and besides, we have realized that the lack of PV and envelopes and ballots were recorded in Conakry due to the concealment of these documents to to send them elsewhere. 
In Fouta, even though we did not observe any interference with SMP, but we found a reduction of 60 percent sometimes the number of voters. Some were not very far from their desks voting cards, either. 
In Lower Guinea, some voters were deleted from the file as Fria. We found in Boke, Boffa and elsewhere, ballots were placed in the ballot box. But the most alarming finding is in Conakry. After the Guinean opposition has won the five municipalities, the power is determined proclaimresults that have nothing to do with reality. 
We say clearly that the Republican opposition met today do not accept the results of elections tampering, as we have seen and that we will record in a statement. In the meantime, we will not accept these results. And if no correction is made, we will denounce this unacceptable process. And decide what action to take next. 

Guinea Gov’t. Minister, Finding His RPG Party Losing In Kaloum, Sends in Reinforcements: Soldier-Voters

Cellou Dalein Diallo, president of the UFDG party announced a little earlier today that the opposition won in all five fiefs of Conakry.  UFDG candidates won in Dixinn and Ratoma and the UFR won in Matoto, Kaloum and Matam. But, trouble is brewing in the Kaloum vote, after a government minister became perturbed when he found out UFR candidate, Baidy Aribot was running ahead of the RPG candidate.

Here is an excerpt drawn from two stories in, that tell what happened next.
In Kaloum the race is not over because of fraud on the part of those in power. Inside the High School, on September 28, in the district of Coronthie, in Kaloum:

The Minister for National Defense, Abdul Kabele Camara orchestrated fraud in polling stations in Kaloum.  According to a delegate of the UFR in the office and confirmed by other members of that office, the Minister left the station upon hearing the RPG candidate was running behind in legislative race and then returned with 8 military people to vote.

Then, the top commander of the gendarmerie, General Ibrahima Balde (and ironically, the Commander of the election police (FOSSEL) brought 13 military in to vote.  He was followed by the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army who presented seven voters to help inflate votes for Conde’s party, the RPG. 
All of the soldiers said they sought to vote by proxy, which is absolutely prohibited.

The president of the UFR party, SidyaToure, hearing of the fraud attempt, went to Kaloum.  FOSSEL police prevented Toure from entering.  A gendarme told him that military officers were inside the voting station, but that he had orders not to let anyone in.

Never a dull moment, stay tuned . . .

The UFDG Takes the Lion’s Share of the Vote in Europe and the USA (FR)

L’UFDG prend la part du lion en Europe et aux USA

Les Guinéens ont voté le 28 Septembre 2013Les Guinéens ont voté le 28 Septembre 2013Les élections législatives du 28 septembre 13 se sont déroulés dans la civilité dans la plus part des pays en Afrique, en Europe et aux USA.  Selon les résultats rendus publics des Bureaux de Vote dans une dizaine de pays, l’UFDG rafle la mise en Europe (4 pays sur 5) et aux USA dans les 5 États.

Si la Mouvance Présidentielle a devancé l’UFDG en Allemagne (42 voix pour RPG contre 27 voix pour UFDG) le parti du Leader de l’Opposition, l’UFDG, a gagné en Europe : France, Belgique, Espagne et Hollande ; aux États-Unis : New York, Washington, Atlanta, Indiana et Philadelphie.

Par ailleurs, en Afrique, les résultats qui nous sommes parvenus du Libéria, Gambie, Cote d’Ivoire et Angola restent massivement favorables à l’UFDG.

Finalement, il faut noter qu’au Maroc, le Bureau de vote a ouvert à 7h00 (heure locale).  Mais, c’est vers 11h30 que l’Attaché Militaire à l’ambassade, le Colonel Mandjou Dioubaté à appelé les élèves militaires envoyés, depuis la prise de pouvoir par le RPG, au Maroc à l’école militaire de Meknès de venir voter en les signant un simple papier.  Le personnel de l’ambassade dont les noms ne figurent pas sur la liste électorale et ne possédant ni cartes électorales encore moins de récépissés, a voté multiple fois, par dérogation.

Nous y reviendrons.


For a Real Time, Bird’s Eye View of Legislative Elections: Alliance Guinea

In the presidential election, Alliance Guinea used a fascinating program to receive real time reports of irregularities, allegations of fraud and violence.  It proved to be a revealing look into the election and, now, Alliance Guinea is using it again for legislative elections.

Go to Guinee Vote Temoin (Guinea Vote Witness) and check it out.

Guinea 9-24-13: This is the International Community’s Election, Not the People’s

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Below is a recent article about last ditch efforts by members of the international community to bolster the CENI with millions of dollars for the September 24 election.  It is not clear how much money the international community contributed to the CENI previously, but adding these large amounts of money now, with just 15 days left to go, suggests that the election is vulnerable both from a logistics and a transparency standpoint.  The international community has made quite an investment in Guinea financially and politically and has been the driving force for the election.  In many respects, this election is the international community’s, not the people’s. 
Neither Conde nor the opposition wanted this election.  Conde would have been happy to skip it and continue to rule the country by decree.  This is the most durable mode of governance for a head of state who came to office illegally and who faces a mountain of criticism for his brutal and ethnocentric practices.
Naturally, the opposition did not want to go to an election under this administration.  Conde MUST come up with a majority in the legislature to validate his invalid election in 2010.   If the opposition proceeds to the election and decides not to boycott, it leaves itself open for another bloody nose from Conde, which would be political suicide.
But, the international community could not allow either side to follow its instincts.  It put the screws to Conde by reminding him that aid and development taps would run dry unless he completed the transition by holding legislative elections.  And, it had to convince the opposition to get out of the streets and into a dialogue with the government focused on holding elections. 
So to the “dialogue” they all went. The atmosphere was tense. The government’s behavior towards the opposition alternated between apathy and vindictive surliness.  While walking out of talks on a few occasions because of disrespectful and malevolent actions on the part of the government, the opposition endured the process, yet, remained thoroughly appalled by the unfolding circus. 
As for the drivers of the dialogue, one has the impression that the UN’s Said Djinnit and the ambassadors of France and the US, who sat in on the dialogue meetings, listened little to either side because they had their own agenda which contained one item — force legislative elections come hell or high water.  Now, there is nothing wrong with elections if an impartial electoral commission runs them, if they are held regularly, if the ruling party refrains from treating the opposition as if it was an enemy of the state and, most importantly, if a head of state state refrains from a policy which gives security forces carte blanche to commit summary executions of unarmed opposition supporters participating in peaceful protests.
But, in the “what were they thinking” category? — the international community is using elections as a panacea for violent political and ethnic conflict, which is where Guinea is now and has been since the kickoff of the 2010 presidential election.  The philosophy is that if you hold an election in hell, hell becomes less hellish.  Yet, the international community is adamant about having an election, even though they know the potential for substantial fraud is high, and that this could easily light a powder keg that cannot be extinguished.
While it remains to be deciphered, a major key to this election puzzle is what did the international community do to get the opposition to go to elections?   It had to be a compelling argument in which the opposition saw some advantage.  Regardless of what deal was struck, one hopes the opposition is on guard concerning an international community which has been complicit in the past in election-related schemes which were not to the advantage of the opposition.  The 2010 election is a sterling example and involved collaborators such as, the Francophonie, former French foreign minister and Conde’s best buddy – Bernard Kouchner, and a Malian General Siaka Sangare brought in to “oversee” the latter part of the election.
And, after this election, what will happen to the people of Guinea?  The people will be presented a legislature with a majority designed through fraud which will rubber stamp Conde’s decrees.  The opposition will have nowhere else to go, but the streets.  And, Conde, having given the international community what it wanted, a “transition,” will sink even deeper into brutal repression of the opposition, especially Peuls, using the full brunt of his military and security forces supplemented with Donzos, Malinke militias, and foreign mercenaries.  A blood bath.
Everything will be as bad as it was before, except the holding of the legislative elections in this chaos will turn the flame substantially higher on political and ethnic divisions.
And, the international community?  On September 25, many of its representatives will deliver remarks to the press that will invariably include — “a few problems, but overall a free and fair election.” It won’t be true, but it does get the international juices and money flowing.  And later that evening, the sound of champagne corks popping and slapping one another on the back will prove that the election was, indeed, theirs.
Translated from French via Google
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Guinea in search of money to properly perform its mission under the law on September 24, is poised to receive various forms of support, including that of ECOWAS.  In addition to $ 500,000 already promised, ECOWAS will donate an additional one million dollars.

For its part, the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) has announced a contribution on the order of 2 million 690 thousand dollars from the UN Fund for the Consolidation of Peace. This contribution will go directly for the security of the electoral process.

In this regard, the Guinean government announced the creation of a security force called Special Force securing parliamentary elections (Fossel) under the supervision of INEC and who is responsible to ensure the security of the electoral process in all the country.

According to relatives of the national police sources, the Fossel who demanded an operating budget of five million dollars was requested to revise downward the envelope.

Moreover, CENI mention the availability of the Guinean State to fund all deficiencies that may affect the financial organization of legislative elections.

For its part, France has supported the financing of operations installation embassies independent electoral commissions (CEAMI) abroad to allow Guineans residing in 18 foreign consulates to take part in elections .

Initially set at $ 17 million, the budget of the Electoral Commission has been drastically reduced to 12 million.

The Guinean government has recently announced the release of an estimated 41 billion Guinean francs, or 4.1 billion CFA francs supplementary budget to cope with financial difficulties.

Legislative elections, after many postponements, are scheduled for 24 September. One hundred, twenty-three thousand Guineans living abroad will vote two days prior, on Sunday, September 22.