Alpha Condé won the presidential election with 59.49 percent of the vote, ahead of Cellou Dalein Diallo, who received 33.5 percent of the…

Presidential election in Guinea: Céni declares Alpha Condé elected in the first round

ALPHA CONDÉ DECLARED THE WINNER WITH 59.49% OF THE VOTE

Alpha Condé won the presidential election with 59.49 percent of the vote, ahead of Cellou Dalein Diallo, who received 33.5 percent of the vote, according to the provisional overall results released by the National Independent Electoral Commission. 

Alpha Conde

Alpha Condé, the outgoing president, was elected on the first ballot for a third term. A "coup KO" that has just been announced at the end of an extremely tense week in Guinea.

According to the provisional overall results delivered Saturday, October 24 by Kabinet Cissé, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Alpha Condé won 59.49% of the votes cast, against 33.5% for Cellou Dalein Diallo, his main rival. No other candidate surpassed the mandatory 5 percent required to obtain reimbursement of his deposit.

The turnout for the presidential election of Sunday, October 18 was 78.88%.

Cellou Dalein Diallo challenges and proclaims himself president

The election went off peacefully, but tensions rose the next day when clashes erupted in Conakry and several cities across the country between law enforcement and opposition demonstrators. Indeed, Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, claimed victory at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) without waiting for the official work of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to conclude.

My dear compatriots, in spite of the serious anomalies that marred the smooth running of the October 18 elections and in view of the results that came out of the ballot boxes, I am victorious in this election from the first round," he told the crowd.

Conflicts erupted in the neighborhoods of Conakry and in the prefectures of Kissidougou and Coyah. The Guinean government threatened Cellou Dalein Diallo with "legal action" after he declared victory. On Wednesday evening, Diallo's home was surrounded by security forces and the UFDG headquarters was raided by police.

Contested figures

The results were contested by the National Alliance for Democratic Changeover (ANAD), which supports the candidacy of Cellou Dalein Diallo, who published his own vote count even before the Ceni issued its first figures. According to these results, Cellou Dalein Diallo would have won the presidential election with 52.57% of the votes cast, while Alpha Condé would have received 39.24% of the votes.

ANAD claims to have obtained these results by compiling data collected via an SMS messaging system, cell phone applications and through a call center. This system would have made it possible to collect 84% of the minutes (12,744 ).

At the end of a meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited in Guinea on Thursday, the Guinean Foreign Minister Mamadi Camara criticized this compilation process, referring to "a software that fell from the sky that has the ability to access all polling stations in the most remote villages. Judging the process "very serious and very dangerous", he said that the approach was "liable to prosecution.

The Guinean government threatened Cellou Dalein Diallo with "legal action" after he declared victory. On Wednesday evening, the opponent's home was surrounded by security forces and the UFDG headquarters was raided by police.

Was the purpose of this muscular raid by the defense and security forces on our premises to destroy the evidence of the massive fraud organized to allow the passage in force of the third mandate? - asked Cellou Dalein Diallo.

We've gone to great lengths to secure the votes cast in our favor to demonstrate our stolen victories in 2010 and 2015," Cellou Dalein Diallo's chief of staff Nadia Nahman said at a virtual press conference on Thursday. We have all the results stored on servers abroad".

Social networks disrupted, Internet cut off

The announcement of the results giving Alpha Conde winner in the first round of the presidential election came at a time when the Internet and social networks were extremely disrupted since Thursday evening. The NGO Netblocks measured that the connectivity of the operator Orange, leader on the Guinean market, was at 9% of its usual level.

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