Guineans vote in tense polls

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Guineans are vot­ing to elect a pres­i­dent in the coun­try’s sec­ond demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial elec­tion since in­de­pen­dence in 1958.

Seven can­di­dates are com­pet­ing against Pres­i­dent Al­pha Conde, who is hop­ing to win a sec­ond term.

His main chal­lenger, Cel­lou Dalein Diallo, has urged his sup­port­ers to vote de­spite the coun­try’s top court re­ject­ing his plea for a de­lay.

The 2010 elec­tion saw a tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary to civil­ian rule.

Since then Guinea has been badly hit by an Ebola out­break and seen prices of key ex­port baux­ite - the raw ma­te­rial in alu­minium - slump.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties had wanted the vote post­poned due to al­leged anom­alies in the coun­try’s elec­toral roll, but this has been re­jected by the elec­tion com­mis­sion.

Some of those try­ing to vote early on Sun­day com­plained that vot­ing ma­te­ri­als were not ready.

At least three peo­ple have been killed in pre-elec­tion vi­o­lence.

Mr Conde is favourite to win the elec­tion but a sec­ond round of vot­ing is likely.

African Union and Euro­pean Union observers are mon­i­tor­ing the elec­tion in which six mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to vote.

Some six mil­lion peo­ple are ex­pected to vote

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