According to German MEP Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, who heads the EU Election Observation Mission in Guinea, monitoring work is only just beginning after Sunday's first round of presidential elections in the former French colony.
Alexander Lambsdorff: Our first observation is that Guineans went to the polls with great enthusiasm. Of course, technical problems have been identified, but they were expected. For a country lacking democratic precedents, the timeframe for this election was extremely tight; [problems] were therefore no surprise.
But the point that all international observers want to highlight is that the electoral process does not end when polling stations close. The coming days are as important as Election Day, because it's now that vote counting, the centralisation of votes and the announcement of results begin.
A.L.: There were some problems in Upper Guinea [the country’s eastern region]. Some polling stations were missing the final voter lists. In other stations, this list existed, but it did not correspond to the local residents. However, it is too early to tell if these incidents cast doubt on the overall credibility of the poll. We are currently analyzing them, because they are critical for everyone as regards accepting the electoral process.
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Date created : 2010-06-28