Guinea Opposition to Reject Results if Election Not Postponed

  • Some voters haven't received cards ahead of Sunday's ballot
  • Group of seven candidates asks electoral commission for delay

The opposition candidates in Guinea’s presidential elections said they won’t accept the results of Sunday’s vote if it isn’t postponed to deal with irregularities.

The coalition representing the seven candidates running against President Alpha Conde asked the electoral commission to delay the vote so that more voter registration cards can be distributed, the group said in a statement handed to reporters Saturday. The opposition includes the leading opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The United Nations urged politicians in the world’s largest exporter of bauxite to condemn violence between supporters of Conde and the opposition that has killed at least three people this week and left dozens injured in the capital, Conakry. The election is the second democratic one in Guinea since 1958.

Conde will probably win re-election after improving the supply of electricity and removing the military from politics after decades of dictatorship, according to Eurasia Group and other analysts.

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