five million voters called to the polls in a contested ballot

Even if the vote takes place throughout the national territory, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., many Guineans in the diaspora will not be able to speak. They will vote in only eleven embassies and consulates in Africa, according to a source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni). This will not be the case in Senegal or even in Angola, two countries where many Guinean nationals reside. Alternation or a third term for Alpha Condé? The main issue of this election is the renewal of Alpha Condé for a third term, or alternation at the head of the country. This battle, the head of state, who changed the Constitution during a controversial referendum to be able to stand for re-election, hopes to win in the first round, with a new “knockout”, as he had theorized. in 2015 he will face eleven other candidates, including Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), his opponent for the third time, who campaigned on this slogan: “It is time” . Then come, for the best known, Ousmane Kaba from PADES, Ousmane Doré, Kabélé Camara or even Abé Sylla, and two women, Makalé Camara and Makalé Traoré. All ready to challenge the “professor” for the supreme office. Climate of mistrust If the Ceni ensures that everything is ready for the vote, commissioners of the institution have expressed doubts about the credibility of the process and a climate of mistrust reigns in the headquarters of political parties. A few hours before the opening of the polling stations, the different camps accuse each other of maintaining the tension by acts of intimidation towards their respective delegates. In the ranks of the UFDG, the main opposition party, they denounce “a unilateral organization” of the composition of the polling stations to the provision of a single report for all the candidates. “Everything is done to create discord,” sighs its secretary general Aliou Condé. On the side of the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), the party in power, we are however rather serene about the conduct of the voting operations. It is during the counting and centralization of the results that the spokesperson of the party, Domani Doré, fears tensions. “The opposition has already warned that it will proclaim its own results while only the Ceni is entitled to do so,” she worries. “No one can prevent citizens from communicating,” replies Aliou Condé. These two main formations plan to deploy delegates in each of the 425 polling stations of the prefecture. Their officials promise to be vigilant about the transparency of the ballot, as this report from our special correspondent Charlotte Idrac in Labé indicates:

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