African Union Says Guinea Vote Transparent as Toure Quits

  • EU urges opposition to file protests through leval channels
  • Electoral commission expects results as early as Thursday

African Union observers said Guinea’s election was transparent, while one the main candidates withdrew from the electoral process, citing fraud.

While some polling stations didn’t have enough voting materials and others opened late, the “irregularities noticed on the ground by the AU observers don’t affect the regularity of the vote,” mission head Dileita Mohamed Dileita told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Conakry. “The mission invites Guineans to act responsibly in order to protect the peace which prevailed during the vote.”

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Sidya Toure, a candidate for the Oct. 11 presidential elections who polled third in the 2010 vote, pulled his party’s agents out of the electoral process. Toure cited high levels of fraud, particularly in zones where he traditionally enjoys a lot of support, according to an e-mailed statement from his Union of Republican Forces on Monday.

Seven opposition candidates, including President Alpha Conde’s main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, rejected the outcome of the vote. The results will be released as early as Thursday, according to the electoral commission. The European Union observers agreed that there were irregularities and urged the opposition to use the legal means available to protest the results.

“We hope that peace known during the vote to be extended and contestations will not be transported in streets,’’ Frank Engle, head of the EU observers, told reporters. ‘’Post-election protests must be made in front of the competent jurisdictions on the subject and not in the street.”

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