WEST AFRICA – The West African nation of Guinea is scheduled to hold its first local elections on February 4, 2018, first time since it last held one in 2005.
The Guinean electoral commission announced last Monday the program for the local election. This announcement ends years of local election delays.
The head of the Guinean electoral commission known by the French acronym CENI, Salifou Kebe said, “We have suggested the elections be held on February 4, 2018… the president will make a decree validating our proposal.”
Opposition groups in the country say local elections should have been held in February last year as per an agreement reached in October 2016 between the Alpha Conde administration and opposition parties, civil society groups and international partners in Guinea.
President Conde has since ignored the local election process in the country despite protest from opposition groups and others.
Alpha Conde considered Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010, assumed leadership of country once run by powerful dictators since independence from France.
Analysts and political commentators say political disunity and distrust are high in Guinea, a nation rich with minerals but entrapped in poverty and tribal chaos.