4 opposition parties contest Guinea presidential election results

Guinea presidential election

Four opposition parties on Tuesday filed an appeal to contest the results of Guinea’s presidential election which saw key opposition figure Cellou Diallo lose against incumbent President Alpha Conde.

Among those contesting Conde’s victory is his key rival Diallo and his Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) party as well as three smaller opposition parties, a constitutional court clerk said.

The Constitutional Court is expected to rule on the appeal within five days.

Conde was re-elected with 59.49 percent of the vote in the Oct. 18 poll, securing him a controversial third term in office, while Diallo received 33.5 percent of the vote, the commission said.

The UFDG says the election was fraudulent and it has proof that ballots were tampered with. The party also says that Conde’s third-term bid was unconstitutional.

Conde’s candidacy was confirmed after a referendum in March, which the 82-year-old says re-set his two-term limit.

Conde has been accused of human rights violations during his decade in power, with his third-term bid leading to fears that he might not intend to ever cede power.

There were 12 candidates for the country’s highest office, with Conde and Diallo the firm front runners.

A candidate had to secure more than 50 percent of the vote to win the first round. (dpa/NAN)

– Nov. 3, 2020 @ 13:55 GMT |

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