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Tension mounts over polls outcome in Guinea

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Tension mounts over polls outcome in Guinea

 

By John Eche

 

Tension is mounting over the outcome of Sunday’s presidential polls in Guinea even as opposition leader, Cellou Diallou is insisting that he has emerged tops in the contest.

 

Diallou who is contesting the presidency of the republic against incumbent President Alpha Conde for the third time had earlier decried what he termed the desperation of the incumbent President to secure his third term in office at all costs.

 

The claims by the 68-year old contender have already been rebuffed by the electoral commission which is asking Guineans to wait for the official tally of ballots cast to be concluded.

 

There had been widespread protests over Conde’s Third Term bid even before the polls.

 

Should a winner not emerge from the first ballot, the Guinean constitution provides for a run off between the two contenders with the highest vote recorded tally. About a dozen candidates are in the race for the office of President in the current polls process.

 

 

Monsieur Cellou Diallo

 

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