Guinea post­pones leg­isla­tive elec­tion and con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

SCHED­ULED for yes­ter­day, Guinea’s dou­ble bal­lot for the leg­isla­tive elec­tion and the con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum has been post­poned for two weeks, Pres­i­dent Al­pha Condé has an­nounced.

The pres­i­dent said that the de­ci­sion took into ac­count na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­cerns about peace and so­cial tran­quil­lity in his coun­try.

Condé said that he had re­cently sent a let­ter to Ma­hamadou Is­soufou, pres­i­dent of Niger and serv­ing chair­per­son of the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States (Ecowas).

The Guinean pres­i­dent stressed in this let­ter that Guinea should not be ex­cluded from Ecowas and the AU.

“I know that many of you will be dis­sat­is­fied and dis­ap­pointed.

“But Guinea be­ing part of panAfrican­ism, can it iso­late it­self from its brother coun­tries?”

Condé spoke on Fri­day in a tele­vised speech, adding that “it is with this re­spon­si­bil­ity and the pan-African and Guinean spirit that I ac­cepted this post­pone­ment, it be­longs to the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a head of state to de­fend the in­ter­ests of his coun­try, and also the in­ter­ests of the sub-region and Africa.”

The Guinean pres­i­dent clar­i­fied that only those po­lit­i­cal par­ties qual­i­fied by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion were con­cerned in this post­pone­ment.

In to­tal, 43 Guinean op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties had reg­is­tered for the leg­isla­tive elec­tion and con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum.

Claim­ing the lack of “trans­parency and seren­ity”, the main op­po­si­tion par­ties, in par­tic­u­lar the Union of Demo­cratic Forces of Guinea and the Union of Repub­li­can Forces, the coun­try’s sec­ond and third po­lit­i­cal forces, and sev­eral oth­ers have de­cided to boy­cott these elec­tions.

Al­pha Condé

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