Guinean opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo says he has won the first round of a high-stakes presidential election, prompting the country’s election body, which has yet to publish results, to call his self-declared victory “void”.
President Alpha Conde, 82, and Diallo, 68, are the frontrunners in the 12-person race to lead the world’s top bauxite producer. Conde, backed by Russia and who’s beaten Diallo twice before, is seeking a third term in office after a referendum in March paved the way for him to run even though the Guinean constitution imposes a two-term limit.
Official results are expected by Oct. 21 and must be validated by the Constitutional Court.
According to Cellou Dalein Diallo
“Despite the serious anomalies that marred the smooth running of the … election and in view of the results that came out of the ballot boxes, I am victorious in this election in the first round,” Diallo told journalists and cheering supporters on Monday, a day after the vote was held.
“I invite all my fellow citizens who love peace and justice to stay vigilant and committed to defend this democratic victory