Presidential election in Guinea: voters voted en masse and calmly - Jeune Afrique

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More than 5 million Guinean voters were called to the polls on Sunday to choose their president. Apart from a few minor incidents, the vote took place peacefully.


Heavy showers fell this Sunday, October 18, polling day, in Conakry, the Guinean capital. This did not prevent voters from leaving in large numbers to go to the polls.

Diallo Mamadou Aaraf, account supervisor of the National Council of Civil Society Organizations (CNOSC) - which has deployed a total of 800 observers across Conakry and thousands more in the rest of the territory - was one of the The first voters to perform their civic duty in the Bellevue-Marché polling station, it was 7:40 GMT.

“I see that the vote is going well here, and that there is a real enthusiasm from the voters. The electoral material, the members of the polling station and the delegates of the political parties are complete. I did not notice any anomalies, ”he said.

Guineans are called to the polls for the first round of the presidential election on October 18, 2020.

Guineans are being called to the polls for the first round of the presidential election on October 18, 2020 © Diawo Barry pour JA

"I voted for change and against ethnocentrism," Baba Bangoura slips out of a polling station in Camayenne, in the suburbs of Conakry. If he refuses to reveal to whom his voice went, he says: “I want the next president to be open, to bring everyone together. "

At Coléah Lansébounyi primary school, a center which brings together a total of eight polling stations, each of which has an average of 500 registered voters, also experienced a large influx. The calls of Sidya Touré, of the Union of Republican Forces (UFR), which supported the calls for a boycott, were obviously not heard in this district of the municipality of Matam, however usually acquired by the UFR.

Diallo Thierno Ibrahima, a member of one of the eight polling stations, is pleased to have recorded no false notes. “There has been a great influx since the opening of the polling station at 7:30 am and the voting operations are taking place within the discipline. There is no anomaly, ”he confided at midday.

Alpha Condé wants a "free election"

In downtown Kaloum, where the presidency and most of the ministerial departments are located, voters are also the discipline that prevailed in the polling stations.

It is in Kaloum, a few steps from the Sékhoutouréya presidential palace, in the Boulbinet district, that Alpha Condé, the outgoing president, who is a candidate for a third term, voted.

Outgoing president Alpha Condé votes in Conakry on October 18, 2020.

Outgoing President Alpha Condé votes in Conakry on October 18, 2020 © Sadak Souici / AP / Sipa

"My wish is for the election to be free, democratic, transparent and for everything to take place in peace and quiet," declared the outgoing president after slipping his ballot into the ballot box.

“We are going to make sure that all the polling stations are secure. Guinea cannot develop without peace, security and unity, ”he continued, before calling out to his adversaries:“ We call on all candidates to avoid violence. If some want to disturb, I think that national and international opinion will be widely informed. We want the people of Guinea to be able to freely express their choice, without any interference ”.

Confident, Cellou Dalein Diallo calls on his supporters for restraint

His main opponent, the leader of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), Cellou Dalein Diallo, voted shortly before noon in Dixinn, not far from his home, accompanied by his wife Halimatou Dalein Diallo.

Opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo votes in Conakry, October 18, 2020.

Opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo votes in Conakry, October 18, 2020 © Sadak Souici / AP / Sipa

On leaving the polling station, the opponent spoke to the press. "I vote with a lot of confidence, given the warm welcome that my delegation enjoyed during the electoral campaign inside the country, especially when I returned to Conakry," Cellou Dalein Diallo said during this short speech. . The population is determined to bring about the alternation in my favor. There is no doubt, even in the camp opposite, as to my victory ”.

He assured that he had not noted any major incident, but nevertheless affirmed that the representatives of the UFDG were unable to access several polling stations in Kankan and Kouroussa. "I appeal to all my supporters for restraint and responsibility so that this election takes place in the best conditions," insisted Cellou Dalein Diallo. I don't want violence to disrupt the ballot and to some extent compromise my victory. "

Minor incidents

In a statement published in the early afternoon, the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection for its part noted a few minor incidents during the day, including the attack on a vehicle of the Special Unit of securing elections (Ussel) in the Municipality of Matoto. One of the attackers was arrested. The press release also refers to shots heard in the morning in the Hamdallaye district, in Ratoma, one of the five communes of Conakry. It would be warning shots by the police in the face of "a group of bandits".

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