Guinea’s opposition blocked the swearing-in ceremony of the country’s new election commission Wednesday and reiterated that it will sue if the panel’s members are not changed. Disagreements over the electoral process in this West African nation already have spilled over into violent protests and made it impossible for the country to hold legislative elections.
Members of the commission were appointed earlier this week via a presidential decree, but the opposition was unhappy with the list and said it would take the matter to court.
“We have appointed lawyers to draft a nullification request for the Supreme Court,” said Aboubacar Sylla, the opposition spokesman.
The 25-seat electoral body consists of 10 members from the ruling party, 10 from the opposition, three from civil society and two from the administration. Sylla said that of the 10 seats reserved for the opposition, only nine were in fact opposition members.
A swearing-in ceremony set for Wednesday was postponed after the opposition planned to boycott. Opposition activists say that if the court does not hear their appeal, they will call for a march.