Guinea opposition leader protests election, calls supporters to streets

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Posted: Oct 17, 2015 9:18 AM

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's main opposition leader said on Saturday he would call on his supporters to protest fraud and rigging at an election which President Alpha Conde is likely to win.

Conde is on track to secure a clear majority and another five-year term following the vote on Sunday and there will be no need for a second round, according to a tally of partial results from the National Electoral Commission.

"I will invite other candidates and the citizens, who are the real victims of this electoral hold-up, to organize peaceful demonstrations in accordance with the law to express our outrage," said opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo.

Diallo accused the electoral commission and the government of abuses including ballot stuffing, allowing minors to vote, changing the electoral map and intimidation.

Election observers said the vote was valid despite some logistical problems. They are yet to comment on the counting process. The commission was due to announce the result on Saturday.

Once results are out, the candidates have eight days to lodge complaints before they are validated by the constitutional court, but Diallo said in the statement he would not appeal to the court.

Conde took power in 2010, ending two years of military rule during which security forces massacred more than 150 people in the capital. The country, which is Africa's biggest producer of bauxite, has had two longtime authoritarian rulers.

Diallo on Wednesday said he was withdrawing from the election process and would not recognize its outcome. Guinea has a history of political violence linked to ethnic tensions and several people have been killed in election-related clashes.

(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Ros Russell)