Guinean National Assembly: the Electoral Code is finally adopted but a member of UFDG Party voted against.


The draft of the electoral code was adopted by the majority of deputies present on Thursday 23 February. The 93 of the 113 deputies present discussed the conformity of this code with the constitution. According to its detractors, Article 97 of the draft Code violates Article 2 of the Constitution. The Committee on Laws, by the voice of Mamadou Cellou Baldé, the rapporteur pointed out that article 97 did not provide for any election “directly or indirectly as regards neighborhoods and districts. It provides for the appointment of district and district councils including district chiefs and district presidents by mayors in proportion to the results of the communal elections “.

According to Mamadou Cellou Baldé, legal and formal corrections were made to some articles of the former Code, in particular Articles 2, 6 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 29, 30, 31, 34, 43, 47, 48, 50, 53, 65, 68, 78, 82, 86, 87, 99, 100-108, 116, 117, 119, 124, 164, 181 and 185. For the most part, 105 which have undergone substantial changes to take account of the implementation of the political agreement of 12 October 2016. The election of district and district councils has now been abolished and replaced by an appointment based on the results of the communal ballot. The number of voters per polling station has also been revised downwards from 1,000 voters to 600. The new code consists of 214 articles divided into nine titles, while the former contains 225 articles divided into seven titles .

Pro and anti had ample time to develop their arguments before the text was put to the vote. At the end, the members voted in the majority. Those of the Republican Alliance abstained in accordance with the will of their president Ibrahima Deen Touré.

Honorable Aboubacar Soumah, alone against all, although a member of the parliamentary group Liberal Democrats U FDG voted against the code. He is the only member who voted against it. Some think he is against UFDG for not agreeing to put a close relative to him at the head of the special delegation of Dixinn.
He said that they will never accept districts chiefs to appointed but they want them to be elected like the mayors.

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