With elections rapidly approaching, the Guinean opposition is putting the pedal to the metal in its campaigns for the country’s communal and presidential contests. The last presidential elections in 2010 resulted in a victory for Alpha Condé, who won 52.5 percent of the vote in the second round of the election against former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.
The 2010 presidential election was historic in several respects, being the first time that Guinea could democratically elect its president since it gained independence in 1958. The first round of voting, monitored by international observers, took place peacefully, though several violent incidents marred the second round, as 24 candidates stood for high office.
Two candidates in 2010 challenged the election commission’s impartiality in the second round and a voting trend based on ethnicity threatened the credibility of the election. Some observers today fear the same obstacles may arise in the coming elections.