Observers declare Guinea election valid

Guinea's electoral commission was criticised for problems with voter registration

Guinea’s electoral commission was criticised for problems with voter registration

Guinea’s presidential election on Sunday was valid but there were severe logistical difficulties, according to EU election observers.

This comes after opposition the called the vote fraudulent and demanded a re-run. They also threatened to protest, something the observers urged against.

The final result is expected in the next few days.

It was the country’s second democratic presidential election since it gained independence from France in 1958.

The EU’s chief observer, Frank Engel, said he hoped Guineans remember this as a “milestone” in their “young democratic institutions”.

But he also said there were many shortcomings, including problems with voter registration.

Mr Engel added that the lack of transparency had led him to lose confidence in the electoral commission, and that he would be watching to see the results were announced in a suitable way.

–BBC

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