Conakry - Guinea's opposition has threatened to prevent
parliamentary elections taking place on June 30 unless the South African
company responsible for managing the electoral roll is replaced, its leader
Cellou Dalein Diallo, head of the Union of Democratic Forces
of Guinea (UFDG), said late on Monday that his party wanted Waymark and its
local partner dropped in favour of "another operator selected on the basis
of an international tender".
"If this is not the case, we will not boycott the
elections, but will prevent them outright," he said, without elaborating.
Discontent is simmering in the west African country, where
15 people have been killed as violence has erupted several times during
opposition protests calling for transparency in the election.
Among the protesters' grievances was the selection of
Waymark to revise the electoral roll, with opponents of President Alpha Conde
accusing the company of colluding with the government to rig the election.
Opposition supporters in Guinea are also protesting against
a decree that sets June 30 as the date for elections, which have been
repeatedly delayed since 2011.
The main opposition parties underlined their suspicions over
the transparency of the polls by refusing to submit their lists of candidates
by Monday's deadline, a member of Guinea's election commission told AFP.
As a result, the candidates' lists in most constituencies
are made up of "parties unknown to most", he said on condition of
Meanwhile party leaders have accused the electoral
commission of pricing them out of the vote by charging up to $11 600 for each
The last legislative elections were held in 2002 under then
president Lansana Conte, who ruled the former French colony for 24 years until
his death in December 2008, which prompted a disastrous coup marked by extreme
The United Nations Security Council said in a statement in
April that it was "worried about instability" in Guinea and called
for calm in the restive nation.