Guinea electoral roll revision gets underway

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The revision of the electoral roll ahead of Guinea’s 2015 presidential election is underway despite an appeal by the opposition for the local elections to be held before this year’s October presidential vote.

Guinea electoral roll revision gets underway

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Guinea’s opposition postpones protest

/ Conakry (Guinea) – 28 April 2015 18:14 – AFP

Guinea’s opposition said on Tuesday it was delaying a demonstration against the country’s disputed election timetable for a few days and widening the rally into a nationwide show of defiance.

Originally planned for Thursday and limited to the capital Conakry, the “peaceful march” will now take place across the country on Monday, the coalition said in a statement.

It urged activists to mount a large show of support “to express by their massive presence on roads and public places, their rejection of current practices in political, economic and social governance”.

The announcement follows two weeks of clashes between anti-government activists and security services which have left several people dead and dozens wounded in the country’s largest towns and cities.

Guinea’s opposition boycotted parliament in March in protest over the timetable for the presidential ballot, accusing President Alpha Conde of using the Ebola epidemic as an excuse to postpone voting.

The opposition had called for the local elections — originally planned for the beginning of 2014 — to be held before this year’s October presidential vote but they are not due to take place until March 2016.

Conde has insisted the country’s constitution rules out the kind of changes to the election timetable sought by opposition supporters.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations’ chief envoy to Africa, said he had held talks with Guinean politicians, urging all sides to prioritise dialogue “in the best interests of Guinea” to address the deadlock.

He said in a statement Guineans had a responsibility to work together, given “the need to organise elections and the urgency of strengthening efforts to eradicate the Ebola epidemic”.

Around 11,000 people have died of Ebola, almost all in west Africa, since it emerged in Guinea in December 2013.

The last election in Guinea — September 2013’s parliamentary vote — was delayed by almost three years, stoking deadly ethnic tensions that have dogged the country’s politics since independence.

One of the poorest countries in the region despite vast potential for mineral exploitation, Guinea has been run by a succession of autocratic rulers after gaining independence from France in 1958.

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