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Conde seeks postponement of poll

Alpha Conde, the leader of one of Guinea’s main opposition parties, says next week’s presidential election should be postponed for at least one month because voter cards are being distributed “according to political affiliation” in at least two districts, AFP reported yesterday. The leader of the Rassemblement du peuple de Guinee (RPG) told AFP that in Haute-Guinea and Guinea-Forestiere officials and chiefs would not give the cards to opposition supporters.

The opposition as a whole has already called for the vote to be put back, saying that less than half the voters had received cards. AFP quoted the head of the interior ministry’s staff, Kiridi Bangoura, as saying that the demand for a postponement was “a last manoeuvre by the opposition to gain attention”.

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