Guinea: President Alpha Conde wins second term

By Editorial Board - 18 October 2015 at 9:49 pm
People sit inside a local restaurant displaying posters for Guinea’s incumbent President Alpha Conde, in Conakry, Guinea, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, Guinea President Alpha Conde is far ahead of his closest competitor in his bid for re-election and could garner enough support to avoid a runoff, according to preliminary results available Saturday.  (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

AP Photo/Youssouf Bah

Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde, has won the absolute majority in the first round of elections and is now set to serve his second five-year-term.

The announcement that Conde had won the October 11 poll was made on Saturday declaring that he had taken nearly 58 per cent of the vote. His closest rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo took just over 31 per cent.

At a press conference Bakary Fofana, head of the National Electoral Commission said “the Constitutional Court still needs to render its verdict, but the National Electoral Commission proclaims President Alpha Conde winner in the first round.”

Candidates of the election have eight days to submit any complaints before the election is officially ratifies by the Court.

Diallo has announced that he does not recognise the final result and called upon his supporters to protest vote rigging and fraud.

“I will invite other candidates and the citizens, who are the real victims of this electoral hold-up, to organise peaceful demonstrations in accordance with the law to express our outrage,” Diallo stated.

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