Guinea-Bissau awaits results after legislative elections without major incidents
Bissau-Guineans voted this Sunday, June 4 for the legislative elections to renew the 102 seats of the National Assembly, dissolved more than a year ago during an institutional crisis. The results are not expected until Tuesday evening, at the earliest, when a new prime minister will be appointed in this country accustomed to political crises. Twenty-two parties are running.
Bissau-Guineans at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Bissau, June 4, 2023. © Darcicio Barbosa / AP
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With our special envoy to Bissau, Bineta Diagne
The counting began this Sunday evening, in a very studious atmosphere, with representatives of the political parties taking notes while the president of the polling station lists the results. All this in a cordial spirit, as it has been since the beginning of the vote this morning. In general, no incidents were reported.
Voters voted in the morning, mostly to avoid the heat wave. At midday, the vice-president of the National Elections Commission (CNE) made a rather positive assessment: "There are only a few dysfunctions at the margins." The only downside is the vote in Senegal, where the strong Bissau-Guinean diaspora could not vote, because the vote was postponed for security reasons: the CNE gave a maximum of seven days for this vote to take place there.
Now that the counting has begun and the results are expected, attention should turn to the results themselves. A young voter at the polling station encouraged everyone to respect the results of the ballot box, he said, hoping that the vote could put an end to an institutional crisis that has lasted for a year.
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