"All the conditions are met" for Guinea-Bissau's Sunday presidential election: electoral body

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-23 02:35:42|Editor: yan
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BISSAU, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The president of Guinea-Bissau's National Election Commission said Friday all the conditions are met for Sunday's presidential election to take place "peacefully" and "without incidents."

"All the logistical, human and technical conditions are already in place, both at the level of the regional electoral commissions and the diaspora," Jose Pedro Sambu said in a message addressed to the voters.

According to him, 761,676 voters are registered on the electoral lists, and it was decided by consensus to adopt the electoral lists used in the legislative elections of March 10 as valid and unique for the Sunday's presidential election.

He also urged voters to vote en masse Sunday and called on the 12 presidential candidates not to "abdicate the right" to place one delegate and one substitute at each polling station.

About 6,500 defense and security agents are already mobilized to assure the vote, police commissioner Armando Nhaga told the press Friday.

From Sunday midnight, the circulation of vehicles without authorization will be prohibited and all the air, terrestrial and maritime borders will be closed, Nhaga said.

The security equipment are provided by forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) stationed in Guinea-Bissau, the Bissau-Guinean police and military personnel and security personnel of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), he added.

The voters in Guinea-Bissau will choose, this Sunday among 12 candidates, a new president for the west African country.