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Millions in Guinea to vote in country's 2nd democratic presidential election in decades

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015,  thousands of supporters of UFDG presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo cheer in a street during a political rally in the city of  Conakry, Guinea. Political clashes between the opposition and ruling party in Guinea are setting the stage for the country’s second democratic election in more than half a century. The international community watches the West African country, unable to shake the deadly Ebola virus, with concern that ethnic and political tensions brought to the surface in past elections haven’t declined in the past five years. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

    In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, thousands of supporters of UFDG presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo cheer in a street during a political rally in the city of Conakry, Guinea. Political clashes between the opposition and ruling party in Guinea are setting the stage for the country’s second democratic election in more than half a century. The international community watches the West African country, unable to shake the deadly Ebola virus, with concern that ethnic and political tensions brought to the surface in past elections haven’t declined in the past five years. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, a man shows on his arm where he was injured at a rally in support of  UFDG presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo in the city of  Guinea Conakry, Guinea. Political clashes between the opposition and ruling party in Guinea are setting the stage for the country’s second democratic election in more than half a century. The international community watches the West African country, unable to shake the deadly Ebola virus, with concern that ethnic and political tensions brought to the surface in past elections haven’t declined in the past five years. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, a man shows on his arm where he was injured at a rally in support of UFDG presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo in the city of Guinea Conakry, Guinea. Political clashes between the opposition and ruling party in Guinea are setting the stage for the country’s second democratic election in more than half a century. The international community watches the West African country, unable to shake the deadly Ebola virus, with concern that ethnic and political tensions brought to the surface in past elections haven’t declined in the past five years. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)  (The Associated Press)

  • People queue to cast their votes during Presidential elections in Bambeto neighbourhood of Conakry, Guinea, Sunday Oct. 11, 2015. Hundreds lined up in Guinea and began voting in the country’s second democratic presidential election in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

    People queue to cast their votes during Presidential elections in Bambeto neighbourhood of Conakry, Guinea, Sunday Oct. 11, 2015. Hundreds lined up in Guinea and began voting in the country’s second democratic presidential election in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people are lining up in Guinea to begin voting in the country's second democratic presidential election in more than half a century.

Six million Guineans are expected to vote Sunday at more than 14,800 polling stations under surveillance of anti-riot police, gendarmerie and international observers.

President Alpha Conde is running against seven candidates, including main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo. Conde defeated Diallo in a 2010 election marked by clashes between their supporters along ethnic lines. Similar clashes this week killed at least three people and injured some 50.

Guinea endured decades of corrupt dictatorship after its independence from France in 1958.

Many analysts believe the vote will eventually head to a second round that could see Conde face off against Diallo yet again.