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Draft timetable indicating local elections delayed again until 2018 driving large-scale opposition protests in Guinean capital

20 September 2017


The main opposition Union of Guinean Democratic Forces (Union des Forces Démocratiques de Guinée: UFDG) has called for major demonstrations in the Guinean capital, Conakry, on 20 September and 27 September to demand that repeatedly delayed local elections last held in 2005 take place this year.

The UFDG made the call after learning a new 120-day draft timetable had been proposed by the government, delaying polls to 2018. In October 2016, the government and opposition groups signed an agreement to hold polls in February 2017, but no definite date was ever set, and the electoral commission claims it has been denied funding for necessary preparations, including a revised electoral code and voter list.

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