Africa

Guinea postpones legislative elections to September 28

  • A portrait of Union of Republican Force candidate Sidya Toure on a political board in Conakry on August 31, 2013.

    A portrait of Union of Republican Force candidate Sidya Toure on a political board in Conakry on August 31, 2013.  (AFP/File)

  • UN representative for the inter-Guinean dialogue, Said Djinnit, speaks at his office in Dakar on September 16, 2013.

    UN representative for the inter-Guinean dialogue, Said Djinnit, speaks at his office in Dakar on September 16, 2013.  (AFP/File)

Guinea's legislative elections, which were due to be held on Tuesday, have been postponed until September 28 for "final adjustments", a UN official said.

The UN facilitator for dialogue in Guinea, Said Djinnit said that after widespread consultations an "exceptional delay of four days for final adjustments before the elections" was decided upon.

Djinnit made the announcement at a press conference attended by leaders of the opposition Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure, as well as the presidential majority.

Toure said Saturday that it was "impossible" for the vote to be held on Tuesday.

"We are working towards it, but as far as the opposition is concerned, it is impossible for the elections to be held (Tuesday) in these conditions," Toure, a former prime minister, told reporters.

The delay is the latest postponements of the legislative poll, initially due to have been held within six months of the swearing-in of President Alpha Conde in December 2010.

Disagreements between opposing factions on how the elections should be organised has sparked nationwide protests that have left more than 50 dead since 2011.

The west African nation's main opposition leader, Diallo, has accused the president's camp and the electoral commission of conniving to rig the vote.

The last parliamentary elections in Guinea took place in June 2002 during the dictatorship of General Lansana Conte, who died in December 2008 after 24 years in power.

The four-day delay had been agreed following "consultations" between politicians and representatives of the international community, including the UN, Djinnit said.

"On behalf of the international community, I am pleased to announce to all Guineans that all stakeholders in the electoral process have subscribed to this commitment.

"We are convinced that with this agreement, nothing will hinder the holding of free, transparent legislative elections on Saturday September 28, 2013, in Guinea," said Djinnit.

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