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EXCLUSIVE: Guinea president dismisses vote rigging claims

Guinea's president dismissed accusations of electoral fraud lodged by the opposition in an exclusive interview with AFP on Tuesday. "I don't pay attention to all this," Alpha Conde said, responding to opposition allegations of "massive" fraud in polls held on September 28 amid calls for the vote to be scrapped. alc/stb/ric/jom/ric

Guinea ruling party leading in polls: provisional partial results

Guinea's ruling party is leading in the first parliamentary polls in over a decade, provisional partial results showed late Sunday, amid calls for the elections to be annulled over "fraud". According to data issued by the Independent National Electoral Commision (CENI), President Alpha Conde's ruling Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party has secured 16 out of 38 single-seat constituencies following the vote on September 28. The main opposition party UFDG has won 12 seats, while the UPR obtained two and the UPG one.

Guinea opposition calls for election to be annulled

Guinea's opposition called on Friday for the annulment of parliamentary elections held on September 28, alleging that the vote had been tarnished by widespread fraud. The ruling party meanwhile said it was confident it would have a majority in parliament after the vote results are announced. "The opposition demands the pure and simple annulment of the vote because fraud was so massive," the main opposition parties said in a joint statement read to journalists in Conakry.

Guinea opposition calls for election to be annulled

Guinea's opposition called on Friday for the annulment of parliamentary elections held on September 28, alleging that the vote had been tarnished by widespread fraud. "The opposition demands the pure and simple annulment of the vote because fraud was so massive," the main opposition parties said in a joint statement read to journalists in Conakry.

Guinea's opposition demands annulment of legislative vote

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's opposition coalition demanded the annulment of a September 28 legislation election on Friday, citing what it said were widespread irregularities in the voting process and threatening to call for protests. "The opposition demands the annulment of this election because of the scale of fraud witnessed," said a statement read by opposition spokesman Aboubacar Sylla during a news conference.

Guinea traders fear looting rampage after vote

Along the cracked and muddy road that crosses Madina, the main market in Guinea's capital Conakry, shops are shut because of fear of violence after elections held last Saturday. "We haven't opened since September 27, but I come to keep an eye on my brother's shop," says Thierno Oumar Bah, whose family sells clothes and electrical goods. "It's risky to open. Whenever there are incidents, some people take advantage to attack us. Everybody is afraid," he says.

Guinea opposition quits electoral commission, rejecting early vote count

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's opposition parties pulled their delegates out of the national electoral commission on Thursday after rejecting some provisional results from Sunday's parliamentary election, meant to cap a transition to democracy. The National Electoral Commission (CENI) began announcing election results on Wednesday, with President Alpha Conde's ruling RPG party taking an early lead in several districts. But the opposition said it had won the Dubreka district, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Conakry.

Guinea's ruling party takes early lead in legislative polls

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The party of Guinean President Alpha Conde has taken an early lead, according to the first results from weekend legislative polls published by the elections commission late on Wednesday. The National Electoral Commission (CENI) initially said it would take days longer than expected to release a result but pledged earlier on Wednesday to announce tallies as they trickled in from 12,000 polling stations.

Guinea president urges opposition to accept vote results

Guinean President Alpha Conde on Wednesday urged party leaders to accept the results of September 28 legislative polls, as security was ramped up in the capital amid fears of violence. With results trickling in, Conde praised the vote as the dawn of democracy in the chronically unstable west African nation. But the opposition has already complained of rigging during the election, which was meant to turn the page on a protracted transitional period. Guinea's electoral commission on Tuesday released some partial and provisional results.

Guinea elections awaits election results

The first of tens of thousands of polling stations across Guinea began to declare their results on Sunday after an election meant to turn the page on years of political chaos in the restive west African nation. Voters chose from more than 1,700 candidates vying for 114 seats on Saturday in a national assembly which will replace the transitional body that has been running the country since military rule came to an end in 2010.
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