South African Firm, Waymark, Continues to Fuel Misgivings about Guinea’s Legislative Elections

SA firm focus of Guinea poll misgivings

16 Aug 2013 12:18 Liesl Louw-Vaudran

A UN-brokered deal has won over the opposition but there are still misgivings about the voters’ roll.

Opposition leaders in Guinea fear that the long-awaited legislative elections in the country, planned for next month, will once again be ­postponed.

They accuse Waymark, the South African company hired to draw up the voters’ role, of colluding with the national electoral commission (known by its French acronym Ceni) to rig the elections. They also question the price tag for the operation and object to Waymark getting the contract to replace the French company, Sagem, without going through a tender process.

Violent protests in which 51 people were killed broke out over Waymark and its local partner, Sabari, late last year and the elections have had to be postponed twice.

Waymark’s managing director, Pikie Monaheng, who flew to Guinea this week, denies allegations that the voter’s role was inflated with supporters of President Alpha Condé. According to Monaheng, Waymark’s system is foolproof and the delays have been caused by political wrangling between political parties in Guinea.

He said the cost of organising the elections to print six million ID cards had risen to “between $35-million and $36-million” because of inefficiency on the part of the government and the Ceni. In June, the government demanded that a plane be chartered from South Africa to get electoral material to the country for an election on June 30 that was again postponed.

The bitter acrimony and violence that erupted in the run-up to these elections date back to suspicions over the hotly contested 2010 presidential elections. Condé only managed to get 18% of the votes in the first round but, in the second round, managed to beat his opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, by a narrow margin. Since then, serious ethnic clashes have erupted and the economic revival promised by Condé in his campaign has not been forthcoming, eroding his support. Allegations of corruption involving large state tenders have further tarnished his image.

On July 3, the opposition agreed to lift its boycott of the upcoming elections, now slated for September 24, following a United Nations-mediated agreement. It was agreed that Waymark could go ahead with revising the electoral list on condition that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) verify the process. Waymark has also been excluded from the tallying process and the electoral commission has agreed to find another election operator for the 2015 presidential elections.

Opposition spokesperson Abou­bacar Sylla said this week it was imperative for legislative elections to be held because the country had been without a parliament since a coup d’état in 2008 and the opposition had been excluded from playing a role in the country’s politics.

“We are extremely worried,” he told the Mail & Guardian. “We agreed to go ahead with the election and to keep Waymark-Sabari in Guinea but there are still many problems with the voters’ roll.”

One of the country’s leading opposition politicians, Sidya Touré, who lost in the 2010 presidential elections, said the country was misled about who would pay for Waymark’s contract.

“The president told us this is a gift from President [Jacob] Zuma but then we were told Guinea has to pay,” Touré said.

South Africa granted the resource-rich Guinea development aid of $30-million in 2011. At least part of it was said would be used to fund the legislative elections. Experts say supporting South African businesses like Waymark is part of South Africa’s foreign policy strategy to combat French influence in Francophone Africa. Condé is seen to be one of the few strong supporters of South Africa in the region and Guinea could be very lucrative for South African mining companies, some of whom are already present in the country.

Monaheng said he was open about his relationship with the South African government and that it had supported Waymark’s work in Guinea and elsewhere in Africa.

“Surely there is nothing that stops the South African ambassador in Tanzania from calling up the government when they are looking for a company to do this work? This is what the Americans and the Europeans do,” he said. “There’s no secret that Alpha Condé looks at South Africans to assist Guinea. He wants to put an end to this thing of Europeans first and Africans last.”

Waymark first got involved before the 2010 presidential elections in Guinea when it won the tender to tally results but, even though software and equipment was shipped to Guinea, it was decided to tally the results manually.

The company was then hired by Condé to register and print ID-cards but, according to Waymark, pressure mounted to hold the elections and the ID cards will only be printed at a later stage. The focus has since been on the voters’ role.

Monaheng said he considered pulling out when the allegations of vote rigging and the violent protests over Waymark started. The government, however, convinced him to stay and agreed open dialogue with the opposition.

In 2012, Waymark agreed to change its encryption system following recommendations by the UNDP and the OIF, who did two separate audits of Waymark’s capabilities.

There were 3.8-million voters on the original voters’ roll that was handed over from Sagem to Waymark. Waymark then started a revision of the list and, through an elaborate process conducted around the country, added 1.9-million voters. About 300 000 names were scrapped from the original list during the process, which, according to the opposition, were fraudulently added. But they accuse Waymark and the Ceni of colluding to add additional voters from the Haute-Guinee province, Condé’s stronghold.

Opposition parties were again given the opportunity to verify the list during two weeks in July but Sylla says there were huge logistical problems with this process.

“We’ve written to the president of the Ceni about this but we still haven’t had a response,” he said.

Once all the parties approve the roll, voters’ cards need to be printed and dispatched.

Waymark says that its system is foolproof. It uses 10 fingers to register a voter, which excludes the possibility of people registering twice.

But Monaheng admits that the fact that people do not yet have their ID cards is a huge problem.

The South African government did not respond to questions by the M&G‘s deadline.

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Interview of Bah Oury, UFDG VP: “When the Stakes are Fundamental . . . Freedom, Security, Equality of Citizens in the Republic and the Future of the Whole Society, Negotiations Can Not Find an Acceptable Solution”

Interview Translated into English via Google.  For French version, click “Articles en Francais -2013” above.
Note: The Conde government accused Bah Oury of being the “mastermind” behind an “attack” on Alpha Conde’s home on July 19, 2011 – a preposterous lie.  Bah Oury was forced to run for his life as military soldiers had been ordered to apprehend and kill him.  He escaped the country and went into exile in France.  He remains there today, but with a keen eye on political developments in his country.
Bah Oury to Guineenews: Calling all Guineans not to fall into the “ethnic” trap

Welcome

Guineenews posted this June 24, 2013 an interview with Mr. Bah Oury, First Vice-President of the UFDG. In the light of what is happening right now in Guinea, the interview should be widely disseminated.

As initiated by the international community inter-Guinean dialogue do you remember?

Bah Oury:  Let me be clear. Our country is in a deep multidimensional crisis since the late 90s. Inter-Guinean political dialogues have been made ​​repeatedly without resulted in a sustainable way out of crisis. Worse, each agreement will only delay a larger explosion of the crisis. The democratic opposition boycotted the elections from 2000 to 2005 ie the 2001 referendum, the 2002 general election (except the UPR Siradiou Diallo and Jean Marie Dore UPG) and the 2003 presidential elections. It took the mediation of the international community, including Canada, more or less strong to have credible and transparent local elections and the desire to give a chance to Guinea guaranteed to bring all the democratic opposition to participate in elections municipal and community in December 2005. I recall to memory the time Mr. Diallo was the Prime Minister and Mr. Bangoura Kiridi officiated as Minister of Territorial Administration. The result was a vast electoral farce. We were so duped. The result has been an explosion of social protest with the general strikes of 2006 and 2007 and the massacre of hundreds of demonstrators on 22 January 2007. You know the rest which turned chaotic and even more tragic.

 The current dialogue is a reissue of the above. Mr. Alpha Condé was able to bend some opposition leaders. He had to waymark. He got it. He used the war of attrition against his opponents. He did not hesitate to kill more than fifty peaceful protesters. He did burn hundreds of stores. He imprisoned from 2 to 3000 people who are released dropper as hostages are released at the whim of politicians haggling. He violated the Constitution repeatedly and trampled the laws and regulations of the Republic to achieve its goal.

Finally, we attended a negotiated surrender of some opposition leaders. The strategy they have adopted since the inauguration of Alpha Condé, was bad. They focused their efforts on peripheral aspects of the electoral process by the spotlight on technical issues and dropped what should be the basis of their struggle is the respect of the constitution, the electoral code and communities across the country . They endorsed the regulatory law on joint reorganization of INEC regardless of its content. The important thing was for them to get rid of Loucény Camara while the latter was the instrument of the Alpha policy, as is more effectively Bakary Fofana.

These agreements deal with the cause of democracy in Guinea and also dedicate the victory to impunity at the expense of respect for the rule of law and the values ​​of human rights and civil rights.

Today the situation is clear, many observers believe that the opposition parties have a little concession from the president’s party. Do you share this opinion?

I agree. This is an outright capitulation to government diktat.

What was your approach? What would you required to go to the dialogue?

When the stakes are fundamental that is to say they are on freedom, security, equality of citizens in the Republic and the future of the whole society, negotiations can not find an acceptable solution. On these issues, there is no compromise. But with the autocratic governance of Alpha Condé, we are facing the future of our country. Accompany Alpha Condé in his dictatorial drift is eventually see national cohesion burst, minerals sold off to satisfy an insatiable profiteering and Guinea to settle permanently under the yoke of a blind and bloody dictatorship.

Very soon, I challenged our compatriots on the dangers of this type of governance. This is me being in exile and his life was saved by the baraka. I reported at the time, the semblance of “dialogue Sékoutouréya” emphasizing the fact that the establishment of a balanced ratio of forces is essential to engage in any negotiations with the government in Conakry. Alas! I have not been followed by my colleagues of the democratic opposition. My predictions were substantiated. That is why, more than ever I continue my way to reach to Guinea, a strong democracy with strong and credible institutions. I am sure that this is the path of responsibility and it is the expression of a strong commitment to Guinea, the vital national reconciliation and long-term stability of our beloved country. Continue reading “Interview of Bah Oury, UFDG VP: “When the Stakes are Fundamental . . . Freedom, Security, Equality of Citizens in the Republic and the Future of the Whole Society, Negotiations Can Not Find an Acceptable Solution””

The Diabolical Dialogue: Waymark Stays and the International Community, Rushing to Complete Guinea Transition, Becomes Guarantor of Transparency of the Election??

The biggest news in Guinea is that the opposition, in dialogue talks with the government overseen by international facilitator, Said Djinnit, agreed this weekend for the work of the Waymark contractor to remain as part of the election as long as several conditions are met (see below).  The removal of the Waymark contract is perhaps the longest-standing opposition condition for agreeing to participate in the dialogue and any subsequent elections.  Djinnit, along with other international officials (ambassadors from France and the US, etc.) in attendance at the dialogue meetings, said they would assure the transparency of the election and would devote large sums of money for monitoring systems to ensure it.  Further, Djinnit says that the work of Waymark is already complete and the contractor will not be used for any further aspect of the election.

The 800-pound gorilla in this situation is that the “fix is in” already in the Waymark contract and has been for a long time.  Remember that the United Nations and the International Organization of the Francophonie reviewed the work of Waymark last year and the criticisms about lack of transparency and technical peculiarities were so damining that Conde’s government concealed both organizations’ reports from the opposition for months.  Credible responses by the government to those criticisms have not been provided.
 
For those who witnessed the 2010 presidential election, it was not a pretty picture as evidence of massive fraud cropped up repeatedly and throughout the country.  At that time, the international community was determined to hold the election come hell or high water.  It can be argued that the international community is far more determined to hold legislative elections because having a national assembly, a representative body with an RPG majority, will serve to consolidate Conde’s power and “legitimize” his presidency, regardless of the illegitimate manner by which he came to office.  Whether Waymark is involved in the actual election may be inconsequential. Recall in the 2010 election, it was RPG operative and CENI member, Louceny Camara, who personally stole thousands of ballots in Cellou Dalein Diallo strongholds in Conakry alone, causing Diallo to lose the overall election in the first round.  The RPG, with back up from its militias, will be in solid control of legislative elections, regardless of international community guarantees.
 
As you will see, the ten conditions laid down by the opposition will be expensive to accomplish, take a lot of time  to implement, and some will be impossible to confirm if they are met.  The international community will not allow the process of satisfying the opposition’s demands go on forever and will soon collaborate with Conde to break the deal with the opposition and hold the election.
 
Below you will find a summary of discussions in the dialogue over the last few days, the list of the ten conditions the opposition is requiring before accepting Waymark to stay on, an account of the horse trading within the dialogue to make the international community the guarantor of the election and a few early reactions to the latest developments.

STAY TUNED . . .

Background

Last week the re-convening of the dialogue was dependent on the government’s satisfaction of the opposition’s request for release of all their supporters incarcerated during peaceful opposition protests.  Of the 50 supporters in jail, 38 were released with the government claiming that the remaining twelve were guilty of serious criminal offenses.  Two parties of the opposition, Mouctar Diallo’s NFD and Faya Millimono’s Bloc Liberal withdrew from the dialogue talks saying they would not continue while supporters remain in jail.

On Thursday, talks between remaining opposition parties and the government began and continued throughout the weekend.  As of today, Monday, the two sides have arrived at the following agreements:
-The government said it will allow those Guineans living outside the country to vote in legislative elections.  Voting by Guineans in the diaspora is provided for by the Guinean constitution and represents about 3% of the vote.  The government has maintained for a long time that there was not enough time and resources to include them in the voting, but now that the election has been postponed to June 30 and in all likelihood will be postponed again, the government’s excuses for not including them no longer hold water.  While this is a long-standing demand of the opposition, the government’s primary tool for committing fraud in the election, the Waymark contract, remains posing legitimate concerns about the transparency of the diaspora vote.
The following information was gathered from africaguinee.com and guinee58.com translated into English via Google and edited by Guinea Oye.
-The biggest surprise is that the opposition agreed for the Waymark contract to remain in place, but under 10 conditions:
  1. Compensation for victims of state violence in the country.
  2. Request government to commit to carrying out investigations of those responsible for the violence to be tried and punished according to law.
  3. The opposition proposes the elections to be inclusive and that all the conditions are allowed, especially political leaders, to participate fully and freely in the elections, and that they are not subject to any restrictions .
  4. They also requested that the local administrations be neutral with respect to the electoral process.
  5. They asked for the reconstruction of CARLE (Administrative Commissions Revision of Electoral Rolls) with respect and in the spirit of the electoral law, the Electoral Code.
  6. They requested the reopening of the revision of electoral rolls.
  7. The opposition requested that it be allowed to recruit two experts who will join the team of international experts (SEE NOTE BELOW, ed.)
  8. The opposition called for the normal functioning of the CENI, according to statute and regulations and that it hold regular meetings of relevant bodies. (This issue has already been addressed in the context of the review of the issue on the CENI)
  9. The opposition requests that future payments for election contract assistance, including presidential election, a new operator should be chosen to remove the doubt and reassure everyone.
  10. Finally, the opposition suggested consideration of coupling of the legislative and municipal elections to best take advantage of the mobilization of voters and to reduce the overall expense of elections.

NOTE:

 
From guineenews.org, translated into English via Google, with editing by Guinea Oye
Regarding the issue of technical operator of the electoral register, Waymark, the two sides had divergent positions. Obviously, the presidential party expressed no objection to the technical operator, or on the electoral process in general. However, the delegation of the opposition has questioned the technical operator, including the selection process for the technical operator and expressed reservations about anything that relates to the technical operator and the electoral register and even wished for corrections to be made. At this point of the discussion, representatives of technical partners and the international community were invited to speak to clarify issues by providing information and assurances. From these statements, including the Francophonie, the European Union, UNDP, and representatives such as the United States, France and ECOWAS have all noted that the process of preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of work the current technical operator was secure and that a certain number of measures have been taken to properly secure this process. And they believe that is the whole range of security that have been made. They also indicated their willingness to take additional measures to further secure this process, if need be. In addition, they expressed their willingness to mobilize resources to support any exceptional decision that might be taken by other parties in Guinea.
It should be noted that with these clarifications, representatives of the international community, including technical partners who are directly involved in supporting the INEC and the preparation of the electoral roll, indicated to all stakeholders that the current technical operator who was involved in the preparation of the electoral list will not, however, be involved in the rest of the operations of the electoral process that relate to other organs and may be prescribed by the competent organs, but not the technical partner whose mandate is limited. Based on these assurances, the college of the facilitators in the spirit of compromise that has been sought since the beginning of the dialogue, especially on those issues that have been linked, whose fate has been linked, and which were discussed at the same time, a call was made ​​by the facilitator on behalf of the college of facilitators, but also on behalf of the international community that it is within the college of the facilitators to ask the opposition to please, given all these guarantees and these assurances, agree to go to elections on the basis of the existing technical partner with all security measures provided and the additional measures that could be made. At this point, the opposition delegation wished to return with proposals (the ten conditions above). Return to debates, discussions on this issue, the opposition said it would be ready to join the electoral process on this basis, ie with the current technical operator, provided that a number of assurances and concerns are covered and guarantees made ​​on a number of issues

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Declaration by Said Djinnit, upon exiting the dialogue June 9, 2013:  “The current technical operator (WAYMARK) who was involved in the preparation of the electoral list will not, however, be involved in the rest of the electoral process operations.”

 Bah Oury, Vice-President of the UFDG opposition party and in exile in France, reacts to opposition agreeing for Waymark to stay on based on several conditions on adio program this Monday morning:   “The Guinean political crisis is deeper than the issue of Waymark or elections. Accepting these agreements is a sadness and anger for many families who have lost children and is the cause of democracy is sacrificed “stated Oury Bah.
 
Faya Millimono, head of the Bloc Liberal opposition party called agreement to maintain Waymark contract, “catastrophic.” 

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

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.

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

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

Guinea Interview: Cellou Dalein Diallo, UFDG Prez, Says “No” to Opposition Return to Dialogue

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(In hospital, after being attacked during the September 28, 2009, massacre, Diallo was just one of many opposition leaders injured at the stadium, where a peaceful opposition rally was in progress. That day, at the hands of the Guinean military, security services and mercenaries from Liberia, 200 people were killed, 1,200 were injured and at least 100 women were brutally raped.  Most of the victims were ethnically-targeted as the killers asked about their ethnicity before attacking them.  Let no one tell you that things in Guinea are better now — Alpha Conde’s penchant for ethnocentric politics demonstrates an appetite for conducting such horrors.)

Today, Africaguinee published an interview (in French) with Cellou Dalein Diallo , president of the UFDG opposition party, concerning the unilateral announcement by Alpha Conde, over the weekend, to set June 30 as the date for legislative elections.

A few highlights from the interview:

-The opposition will not return to dialogue talks with the government. The opposition firmly believes that Conde has no intention of pursuing honest dialogue talks with them.

-Diallo says that the CENI was not apprised beforehand of Conde’s selection of the June 30 date for elections.

-The opposition will continue its fight for free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections.

-When asked whether the international community supports the opposition’s claims, Diallo responded by saying there is no reason for the international community to not support “our legal and legitimate claims.”

[In the end, the Guinean opposition is going to have to be as tough with the international community as it is with Conde and must put its representatives on the spot with the following question: “Would you go to an election in your own country that is as marred by fraud, illegality, and bad faith as Guinea’s legislative elections? — Guinea Oye]