Accusations of electoral fraud in Guinea’s Presidential Election

Protesters in Guinea

Dozens of people, most of them women, took to the streets of the capital city Conakry to peacefully protest against what they said was fraud in the June 27 election. Security forces in Guinea fired teargas to disperse the protest against alleged electoral fraud, called in defiance of a government ban on public demonstrations. The Former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo won the poll with nearly 40 percent of the vote and will go forward into the July 18 run-off with second-placed Alpha Conde, according to provisional results released last week.

But losing parties in the poll, widely seen as the Guinea’s best chance in half a century of securing democratic civilian rule, said they have evidence of rigging such as ballot-stuffing and falsified voters’ cards.  In a statement on state television late on Sunday, caretaker prime minister Jean-Marie Dore said  “I will not accept any public order disturbance by people contesting things for which they have no proof and while the Supreme Court has not pronounced its verdict.”  Candidates have eight days from Monday to lodge formal complaints with the Supreme Court, which will rule on the validity of the election within three days.

Reports coming out of Guinea states that a peaceful group of several dozen protesters, mainly women dressed in red, crossed the centre of the capital city, holding placards accusing interim head of state General Sekouba Konate of preventing a free election. Security forces were in close attendance. The party of third-placed Sidya Toure, a former prime minister, is among those who called rallies in the central Kaloum district for Monday. Many of the demonstrators said they supported Toure’s Union of Republican Forces (UFR) party.

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