International election observers in Guinea have voiced concern over “irregularities” during the first parliamentary poll since the 2008 coup. A joint statement said “breaches” were observed in eight out of 38 constituencies. The opposition coalition has already called for the 28 September vote to be annulled over “fraud”. Some provisional results have yet to be released by the electoral commission 11 days since the vote. Most of the 38 directly elected seats in the 114-member parliament have been announced, but not the 76 chosen by proportional representation.
The National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) has admitted errors but defended the overall conduct of the vote.
The party of President Alpha Conde, the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), is leading with 18 seats compared to 13 for the main opposition Union of Democratic Forces.