Some members of the West African State of Guinea’s Independent National Electoral Commission have declared their choice for an interim Electoral Chief to run the institution until all 25 members can agree on a new head. The move, if successful, would replace controversial commission president Lounceny Camara, with an interim commission chief.
The announcement came after Cellou Dalein Diallo, one of the country’s candidates for president, repeated his threat to boycott the elections if Camara remained head of the country’s electoral commission. The country’s run-off presidential election is scheduled for October 24th. The commission is charged with overseeing and managing the process. Tierno Saidou Bayo, the commission’s spokesperson, announced that almost half of the commission have agreed that Foumbi Kourouma should serve as interim president until all 25 members of the commission can agree on a new head.
Cellou Dalein Diallo party has accused Camara of favouring the opposing candidate in the scheduled presidential run-off, Alpha Conde. Diallo and Conde announced on Tuesday, that no matter who wins the October 24th elections, they plan to form a unity government. Conde said the announcement was intended to ease tensions in the country and send the message that after elections, both sides should work together to build up Guinea.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma was recently in Guinea, where he admonished the various political factions to ensure a smooth transition of power, and free and fair elections. The Head of State said he was keenly watching events in Guinea and assured the country of his continued support.
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