The United Nations and the international community on Sunday called upon Guinea’s electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay. Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed about 50 people before the vote. The opposition is calling for the election to be annulled, dampening hopes for an end to years of instability since a 2008 military coup that deterred investment in the world’s largest bauxite exporter. The United Nations and representatives of the international community including the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, the European Union and the International Organisation of the Francophonie, which brokered a deal with the opposition to end protests and allow the legislative vote, said they were concerned by delays in the publication of the results.
Guinea’s “National Election Commission should make every effort to complete the tabulation of preliminary election results for publication in any event before Eid al-Adha,” the Muslim feast on Tuesday, said the statement issued by the United Nations and the other entities.
It called upon political parties and the election commission to cooperate in publishing results from the Matoto district in the capital Conakry, one of the country’s biggest, which both sides claim to have won.
Partial results from 37 of the country’s 38 electoral districts show President Alpha Conde’s ruling RPG party leads with 53 seats, opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo’s UFDG has 38 seats and former Prime Minister Sidya Toure’s UFR has 9.
No party is expected to win an outright majority in the 114-seat parliament, and parties are expected to try to form coalitions after the results are known.