ECOWAS: ECOWAS Observers gear up for Guinea polls

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - About 100 election observers, comprising 15 long term and 85 short term observers, from ECOWAS will observe the 11 Oct. 2015 elections in Guinea, according to the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday.

While the long term observers are already on ground, the short term ones are due to arrive in batches before the elections.

The ECOWAS observers are headed by former Liberian President Amos Sawyer, who also led the ECOWAS election observation mission to neighbouring Guinea Bissau for its legislative and presidential elections in April 2014.

The observers for Guinea are being deployed to the core electoral zones making up the country’s four regions- Guinea Maritime (Conakry-Kindia-Boke), Moyenne Guinea (Labe-Mamou-Dalaba), Haute Guinea (Kankan-Faranah-Kissidougou) and Guinea Forestiere (Nzerekore-Guekedou-Beyla).

Incumbent President Alpha Conde is seeking a second and final term in office, with his main challenger being Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The other six contenders are Sidya Toure, Lansana Kouyate, Papa Koly Kourouma, Georges Ghandi Toukara, Faya Millimono and Marie Madeleine Dioubate.

Electioneering campaign started 10 Sept. 2015 and is due to end on 9 Oct.

Some 6,042,647 voters are registered for the elections, which will be held in 14,426 polling units (including diaspora voting).
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08 october 2015 14:09:04

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