Guinea: Voters hit polling stations in tense election as Pres. Conde seeks third term

18 октября 2020 г. 22:38

Guinean voters headed to the polls in Conakry on Sunday, for what is expected to be a tense presidential election. Guinea's current president, Alpha Conde, 82, is running for re-election for a third term. Voters were seen waiting in line before casting their ballot, under the supervision of the Special Unit for Securing Elections (USSEL) staff. «I hope that everything goes well and quietly. May the best person win. This is what I hope for Guinea and the Guineans,» commented a voter. Guinea has been swept by anti-government protests since October amid concerns over Guinean President Alpha Conde's bid to adopt a reformed constitution, which may allow him to secure a third term in power. Conde's main challenger is opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, who has already challenged him twice, in 2010 and 2015, without success. The ballot boxes opened shortly before 8 a.m. and the polls are expected to remain open until 6 p.m. but results will not be known for several days. Candidates need more than 50 percent of the vote for outright victory. A second round is scheduled for November 24.

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