Guinea commission members protest poll date

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:49 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Ten members of Guinea's electoral commission are voicing concerns about a new plan to hold legislative elections in May.

Their letter issued this week is the latest sign of rising tensions among the 25-member electoral commission, including a previous dispute that erupted into violent street protests.

The commission is tasked with organizing legislative elections in Guinea, a West African country that has not had a functioning parliament for four years.

The electoral commission president wants to hold the legislative poll on May 12 but 10 members of the committee say he's making a unilateral decision.

The opposition already has criticized the composition of the electoral panel and the use of a South African firm to help organize the vote.