Guinea commission members protest poll date

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 12:04 PM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Ten members of Guinea's electoral commission are voicing concerns about a new plan to hold legislative elections in May.

Their letter issued this week is the latest sign of rising tensions among the 25-member electoral commission, including a previous dispute that erupted into violent street protests.

The commission is tasked with organizing legislative elections in Guinea, a West African country that has not had a functioning parliament for four years.

The electoral commission president wants to hold the legislative poll on May 12 but 10 members of the committee say he's making a unilateral decision.

The opposition already has criticized the composition of the electoral panel and the use of a South African firm to help organize the vote.

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