Guinea to hold local elections in February 2017 - opposition

2016-10-07 16:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Conakry - Guinea will hold its first local elections in 12 years in February 2017, an opposition spokesperson said on Thursday, following prolonged talks with the ruling party over the timetable for a vote already postponed several times.

Opposition negotiator Aboubacar Sylla said all sides had agreed an election of mayors and local officials "would be held in February 2017" after "long hours and days of debate" in a national dialogue that began September 22.

The last local elections were held in 2005, and have been postponed several times, including because of the Ebola crisis.

Opposition parties were angered when a presidential election was held in 2015, returning President Alpha Conde to power for a second term, but promised local polls were not held.

Sylla added the opposition was still seeking a "truly neutral" national electoral commission as the talks go forward, following allegations of ballot stuffing and massive fraud during a 2013 legislative vote as well as the last presidential election.

Political distrust is high in Guinea, a mineral-rich but deeply poor country where ethnic tensions often turn deadly around election time.

Read more on:    alpha conde  |  guinea  |  west africa  |  guinea 2017 election

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.