The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) would like to commend all parties in Guinea on the agreement of a framework for much-delayed national elections, now scheduled for late September 2013.
In March of this year, the ALN called for a meaningful and inclusive dialogue between all election stakeholders in the face of widespread instability and violence across the country, fuelled by serious concerns over the credibility of the previous election preparation process.
The political agreement signed this week sets out a new framework for national elections in Guinea and has received the approval of both the Guinean ruling party and the opposition. This is thanks in part to the active and constructive involvement of international partners, who responded fully to the ALN’s call for external mediation.
Central to the new agreement is the decision to limit the involvement of the controversial South African election management firm, Waymark, as well as the decision to permit the large Guinean diaspora to participate in the election, something the government previously refused to allow.
Particular commendation must go to ALN member parties the Union des Forces Démocratiques de Guinée (UFDG), Parti de l’Unité et du Libéralisme Social (PULS) and Union des Forces Républicaines (UFR) who, despite opposition, proceeded to participate in dialogue with the Guinean government in order to secure a constructive resolution to the situation.