Guinea — Diallo Claims Victory in Presidential Election

  • The opposition candidate’s statements heighten the already looming fears of post-election violence.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission estimates that the provisional results will be released “by the end of the week.” 
  • Former Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves, gave the elections exercise a clean bill of health.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, Guinea’s opposition leader, declared himself the winner of the country’s presidential election on Sunday. Diallo insisted that he has defeated President Alpha Condé, although the official results have not yet been published. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) replied that Diallo’s claim is “premature” and “null.”

Supporters of Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo cheer at his headquarters in Conakry, Guinea, Monday Oct. 19, 2020. Diallo declared himself the winner after the country held an election on Sunday with Guinean President Alpha Conde seeking to extend his decade in power.

The opposition candidate’s statements heighten the already looming fears of post-election violence. While addressing a press conference from his political party’s headquarters in the capital, Conakry, on Monday, Diallo categorically stated that he was the winner of the elections.

“Despite the serious anomalies that marred the smooth running of the . . . election and in view of the results that came out of the ballot boxes, I am victorious in this election in the first round,” Diallo told journalists, as a section of his supporters cheered him.

“I invite all my fellow citizens who love peace and justice to stay vigilant and committed to defend this democratic victory,” said the 68-year-old politician. However, he didn’t reveal the figures pertaining to his purported “win,” but stated that the result was based on a private count carried out by his party.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission is the only body authorized to give provisional results. It is neither for a political party nor for any individual to do so,” Mamadi 3 Kaba, a spokesman for the commission, told Reuters. “We regret the attitude of Mr. Diallo and we say that this declaration is null and void,” he added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission estimates that the provisional results will be released “by the end of the week.” 

President Alpha Condé’s party, the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), also condemned the opposition leader’s statement. The RPG called Diallo’s attitude “irresponsible and dangerous.” Their candidate, Condé’, is trying to secure a third term in office.

Guinea’s opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo (right) declared Monday, without waiting for official results, that he had won a presidential election against incumbent, Alpha Conde (left) who is seeking a controversial third term.

Fears of Wave of Violence 

However, signs of a wave of post-election violence have already begun to emerge. On Monday, security forces used tear gas to contain supporters who were celebrating Diallo’s self-proclaimed victory on the streets.

The opposition leader said that three youths died and several were injured due to police action. However, the government has yet to comment on allegations of violence by security forces.

Such episodes have been common for some months now, due to protests against President Alpha Condé’s bid for a third term. Dozens of people died, according to human rights organizations.

Smooth Voting Exercise

One of the elections observers, Former Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves, gave the elections exercise a clean bill of health. He stated that the local National Elections Commission “did its job,” as well as the Constitutional Court. He added that “everything worked under the law and the Constitution,” despite “small incidents that did not harm the overall election.”

Sunday’s poll drew more than five million voters, who voted to choose from twelve candidates.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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