Veteran opposition politician, Alpha Conde, has been declared the winner of Guinea's first free presidential election. However, rival Cellou Diallo will reject the result because of alleged vote-rigging.
The West African nation of Guinea held its first round of democratic elections since the country gained its independence from France in 1958. The presidential election came down to 72-year-old opposition politician Alpha Conde and former premier Cellou Dalein Diallo.
Guinea's independent National Electoral Commission announced the results mid-day on Monday and according to Asia One News, Conde has been declared the winner with 52.52 percent of the vote over Diallo’s 47.48 percent.
After the results were announced, Conde extended his hands to Diallo and urged him that the “time has come to join hands.” He further stated: “I extend a brotherly hand to build a united and prosperous Guinea” and that he will be “the president of change to benefit all, the president of national reconciliation and progress."
Diallo rejected the act of solidarity and said he will not accept to the results because of alleged vote-rigging on the part of Conde’s campaign, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. He called the election process: “Massive fraud at all levels.”
Electoral commission chairman, Siaka Sangare, said there have been 31 complaints with 28 of those coming from Diallo’s Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea. Sangare noted that all complaints have been treated “with the maximum attention.”
Press TV reports that clashes between supporters of the two candidates have broken out. Violence has also broken out between protestors and the police. At least one person is dead and dozens more are wounded. Witnesses say gunfire could be heard in the suburbs.
“We managed to disperse the demonstration,” said one senior police official.