- Guinea’s election body has proposed 27 June for the presidential elections, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Ben Sekou Sylla, has announced.
The commission has also proposed 18 July as the date for a second round if no candidate receives an absolute majority in the first round poll.
Mr Sylla said the proposed dates would be endorsed by Sekouba Konate, the recently appointed leader of the country’s transitional government, and Prime Minister Jean-Marie Dore.
Guinea’s military junta and opposition leaders signed an agreement on 15 January that paved the way for the establishment of a unity government and a national vote to be held within six months.
Mr Konate invited opposition leaders to appoint a prime minister as part of an effort to end a yearlong political impasse following the seizure of power in a bloodless coup by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara in December 2008.
The commission statement also proposed that the election campaign run from 17 May to 26 June.
Before the campaign starts, the commission must deploy supervisors across the country, draw up voter lists and polling cards before 16 April, the statement said.
The nominations for candidates in the election are expected to be submitted by 29 April and the list of candidates is to be published on 20 May.
Guinea is the world’s biggest exporter of bauxite, a raw material used in aluminum production.
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