Elections today in Guinea, another clash of arguments
18 de octubre de 2020, 4:25
Havana, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Guinea will go to the polls today to elect the country's president, after an electoral campaign not without violence and which focused on keeping Alpha Condé in power or not.
This consultation was preceded by public protests against the possibility that the ruler -since 2010 at the head of the State- triumphs in it and goes on to serve a third term, an aspiration for which he ran last September, rejected by the opposition.
A series of anti-government demonstrations took place in the capital, Conakry, which was considered a harsh reaction in the streets of Condé's electoral intention, backed by the Guinean People's Grouping party and challenged by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC).
Anticipating a worsening of the context in the last stage of the electoral campaign, last month the European Union (EU) and other regional and international actors, expressed their concern about the conditions under which the consultation was being prepared, based on the acts of violence that occurred last March, on occasion of the parliamentary elections.
A total of 5.4 million voters could go to the polls and in the fight 12 candidates will compete for the head of state, including the historic challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo and Ousmane Kaba, former ally of the president and the first opposition candidate nominated to face Conté for the Party of the Democrats for Hope.
Despite the tense situation prior to the presidential elections, from an economic point of view, Guinea is expected to grow around 2.1 percent, which in West Africa will place it among the top six at the subregional level, according to World Bank data.
Another factor that will influence its social content is the government's handling of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, which punished the country with a rate of verified patients of 90.12 per 100,000 inhabitants, a relevant proportion compared to the from the rest of the countries with confirmed cases.
'The electoral roll of Guinea, which is free of all the anomalies found with respect to the electoral code, is of sufficient quality for the next elections,' reported the Economic Community of West African States, which also certified the Guinean electoral registry as 'of sufficient quality' for the October elections.
Many expect the elections to go smoothly and without bloody clashes, but if no candidate accumulates more than 50 percent of the ballots, there will be a second round that could lead to surprise and that can cause nervousness in the streets, observed observers.
In any case, the Conakry authorities demanded peaceful and civilized behavior from the electorate this Sunday in support of a third term, which according to analysts of African electoral processes will open a tense and high-risk season in West Africa, which would also be evidenced in Costa Ivory, Ghana and Niger.
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