Guinea Holds Presidential Elections Today

  • A total of 12 candidates including the current President Conde are running for the election.
  • If no candidate wins the first round, Guinea plans to hold the second round of presidential elections on November 24.
  • The president is directly elected by voters, and candidates with more than 50% of the votes win the election.

Polling stations across Guinea started at 7:30 local time on the 18th and were scheduled to end at 18:00 that day. According to the data provided by the Independent National Election Commission of Guinea, there are more than 5 million registered voters in this election, and about 15,000 polling stations have been set up.

Guinea people casting their votes.

Guinea holds presidential elections on the 18th. A total of 12 candidates including the current President Conde are running for the election.

In this election, Conde represented the ruling party of the Guinea Awami League, and his main competitor was the former prime minister and chairman of the League of Democratic Forces of Guinea Cellou Dalein Diallo. Guinea’s public opinion generally believes that Conde has many supporters and is more likely to win re-election.

In consideration of the prevention and control of the epidemic, the health department of Guinea has prepared cleaning supplies such as alcohol hand sanitizer at each polling station, and voters also need to wear masks to vote in the station.

According to the laws of Guinea, the presidential term is 6 years. The president is directly elected by voters, and candidates with more than 50% of the votes win the election. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, the candidates with the top two votes enter the second round of voting.

If no candidate wins the first round, Guinea plans to hold the second round of presidential elections on November 24.

Sidya Toure, leader of the opposition UFR faction, claimed that Conde needs to “trust the international community and remain responsive and critique,” while at any rate seeking a third term.

Conde was the first constitutionally elected president of Guinea in 2010. For his second and final five-year term under the new constitution, citizens elected him to power under 2015, though opponents argue that he has been more repressive, noting the prosecutions of opposition leaders.

The people if Guinea at polling places ready to vote.

The draft Constitution will also reduce the presidential term to two but expand the term to six years, which would theoretically allow Conde to rule for another twelve years.

The government of Guinea argues that the new Constitution would contribute to the country’s much-needed reforms, particularly for women. These would require the abolition of female genital mutilation and marriage and equitable justice in divorce for partners.

Conde did not hesitate to use the current constitution for another year at the close of his second term this year. Last month, he told the French media that there was “nothing more democratic than having a vote,” and his party had to assess if he would return to office.

In the face of questions about the fairness of the vote on Sunday, the dissemination of the latest coronavirus is also growing worry. To date, Guinea has reported hundreds of incidents.

“I have the feeling that our nation treats matters easily,” said the banker and legislator Amadou Oury Bah. The ruling party appealed for votes but still stressed that health policies could be strictly respected.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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