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CONAKRY – Guinea former primier minister Cellou Dallein Diallo and his rival, Alpha Conde a veteran opposition leader were in slight lead after 10 percent of Sunday’s second-round vote was counted, the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) said late Tuesday.

With about 7 percent of the nationwide ballots tallied, the partial results issued by electoral officials showed Diallo had 51.7 percent, with support from Guineans abroad offsetting losses recorded inside the West African state.

The president of CENI Siaka Sangare said it had decided to publish results daily as and when they came in.

In a joint statement after the vote the observer missions from the African Union, European Union and Carter Center hailed the engagement of Guinean voters who turned out at the ballot box in great numbers to determine, in peace, the future of Guinea.

They appealed to the “sense of responsibility of the two candidates and their supporters to maintain a climate of calm during the wait for the complete and definitive results…”

The election in guinea is meant to end the two years of militare ruled and could gains in stability in a region . Though there are concerned about ethnic clashes over the outcome.

Diallo who hails from Guinea’s lagest ethnic group, the Poul, has already formally contested yet to be published results from two zines over alleged fraud by Conde supporters.

Conde,  meanwhile,  comes from Guinea’s second largest ethnic group, the Malinke.

Rival camps clashed repeatedly during a turbulent campaign period since the first round in June.

The partial election results showed Conde ahead in all five communes and prefectures counted within Guinea, while Diallo swept nearly all of the 12 foreign precincts

Guinea has been ruled by “father of independence” turned paranoid dictator Ahmed Sekou Toure and later by General Lansane Conte, who took power in a coup in 1984 upon Toure’s death.

Guinea’s troubles haved started after the death Conte’s whic led to another putsch.

In September 2009  157 People were massacre by the security forces on a crowd protest against the military junta. which left the west African nation traumatised.

Despite enormous mineral wealth which has multinationals scrambling for their stake in massive bauxite and iron-ore stores, half the population lives under the poverty line, most without running water or electricity.

By Staff – Source: Reuters africa, AFP

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