Guinea elections go ahead

By Editorial Board - 11 October 2015 at 10:34 pm
A man casts his vote during presidential elections in the Bambeto neighbourhood of Conakry, Guinea, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Guinea's president and main opposition candidate called for calm Sunday when they voted in the country's presidential election, after days of electoral clashes. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

AP Photo/Youssouf Bah

Guinea’s elections are still continuing amid questions into boycotting the polls and violence in the lead up. Clashes in the capital, Conakry, have continued since Thursday killing at least two people and injuring around 20, reported Deutsche Welle (DW).

These presidential elections are to be the second democratic vote the West African nation has held.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, the leading opposition leader, agreed to take part in Sunday’s elections even though he had previously tried to call for the constitutional court to delay the polls by a week, reported DW. Diallo is the chief contender to the current president, Alpha Conde.

Six of the opposition parties have requested that the elections be delayed in order to address what they believe to be abnormalities in the election process, however these have been denied.

“We will vote, defend our suffrage, defend our victory because there is no way we will let our victory be stolen,” Diallo said.

Even with the violence leading up to Election Day, DW reported that the country has stayed remarkably calm today, before polling stations were due to open.

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