Guinea Pushes Towards the Runoff of its First Accepted Election
Guinea has had many struggles on its path towards democracy including decades of dictatorship and rigged elections. The June 2010 presidential election was considered to be the first free election in Guinea since its independence from France, but the poll was riddled with problems. Most of these problems stemmed from the electoral commission's--Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI)--lack of adequate preparation. Since then, the CENI has been working hard with the help of IFES and other stakeholders to address the issues that plagued the June poll. At the same time, the commission has faced many challenges such as the death of its leader.
Elizabeth Cote, IFES chief of party in Guinea, speaks to us from Conakry about the latest developments in the preparation for the runoff, the difficulties that have been experienced in regards to these elections, and the overall mood in Guinea.
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