Guinea: Need for Peace during Presidential Election
In advance of Guinea's presidential elections on October 11, Freedom House issued the following statement:
'Violence as well as controversies over alleged mistakes in the electoral register have led to rising tensions among Guineans,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “Freedom House urges citizens to refrain from violence and all parties to refrain from using vitriolic speech to allow for free, fair and credible elections to take place.'
Seven candidates will attempt to unseat incumbent President Alpha Conde, who was first elected in 2010. After threatening to boycott the vote, and demanding that the election be postponed, opposition candidates have decided to participate.
Conde’s most prominent rivals are opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces in Guinea, and Sydia Toure of the Union of Republican Forces, a former prime minister. Clashes among rival groups of supporters have resulted in one death.
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