Legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, scheduled for December, “could not be held on the date indicated” due to logistical and financial problems, the Minister of Territorial Administration said on October 13.
“We were looking for a consensual schedule. We have all seen that not all the conditions are met for legislative credible and acceptable to all political parties,” Territorial Administration Minister Fernando Gomes told reporters. He was speaking after a consultation meeting held the same day with representatives of political parties.
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President Umaro Sissoco Embaló dissolved parliament in May over “persistent differences”. He accused him in particular of having protected deputies implicated in cases of corruption and of having refused to submit to an audit of his accounts. He then announced early legislative elections for December 18.
Three million euros still needed
Logistical problems are at the root of this planned postponement, said a source close to the technical support office for the electoral process (GTAP), a body attached to the Ministry of Territorial Administration. “We are waiting for the arrival of electronic equipment and the end of the rains to begin voter registration. Some areas of the country are inaccessible. The tracks are damaged by the heavy rains recorded this year, ”explained this source.
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Guinea-Bissau, which needs 4 billion CFA francs (6.1 million euros) to organize these legislative elections, has half of this sum on its own funds, indicated a source at the Ministry of Finance. But, the funds promised by the international community are not yet available, has she added.