Alpha Condé’s principal rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, meanwhile, is reportedly significantly in the lead in the Forested Guinea region with 43%, a lead which – in combination with the fact that Diallo has reportedly clinched more than 90% of the vote in Middle Guinea – may prove significant enough to earn him a first-round victory in the presidential election, even if a second round on 24 November seems most likely in the current context. In that case, the coming weeks until the next vote will likely be highly charged with anticipation.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for peaceful and credible presidential election in Guinea on Sunday.
Guinean Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, who heads the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (Union des Forces Démocratiques du Guinée, commonly abbreviated UFDG) is significantly in the lead and may be elected without the need for a second round of the elections. A first-round victory for Cellou Dalein Diallo would represent a startling rebuke for Alpha Condé, who has been criticised by international observers for turning increasingly authoritarian over his tenure at Guinea’s helm.
Guinean citizens began to vote in the presidential election on Sunday morning.
In the commune of Matoto, one of the largest communes in Conakry, the voting operations for voters began between 7:30 and 8:00 GMT.
At Yimbaya Primary School, the head of the polling station Issa Camara said that everything is going well without “any worries.” “We started to invite the citizens to vote at around 7:35 a.m.,” said Camara.
In most polling stations, the security arrangements and the sanitary kits for hand washing are well prepared. However, the social distancing is reported to be not well respected among voters. Reports said they pressed against each other despite the instructions given on the eve of vote by the health authorities of the country.
More than 5 million Guinean voters are registered in their electoral districts. A total of 12 candidates, including the current president Alpha Conde, are registered for the presidential election.