International observers cite Guinea vote flaws

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) International observers say irregularities in Guinea's legislative elections may call into question results from eight districts, potentially bolstering opposition claims that the vote was marred by widespread fraud.

In a statement published late Tuesday, the observers said irregularities prevented a significant number of ballots from being considered. Guinea has 38 electoral districts in total.

The observers included representatives from the United States, France, the United Nations, the European Union and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

The statement said fraud allegations should be reviewed by the Supreme Court. President Alpha Conde's government has dismissed opposition fraud claims as baseless.

The Sept. 28 election was intended to complete Guinea's transition to democratic rule, though it was delayed by nearly two years and the pre-election period saw multiple violent protests.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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