Guinea opposition says vote needs to be delayed

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Associated Press

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:34 AM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea's opposition leader says he doesn't think the country's legislative election can be held next week, citing flaws in the voters' roll which he says will take time to fix.

Cellou Dalein Diallo's assessment contrasts with that of the United Nations special envoy, who told reporters he is confident the election will be held as planned on Sept. 24.

Guinea has been without a functioning parliament for years. The date of the poll has been repeatedly rescheduled, as the opposition and ruling party quarreled over the technicalities of the vote. The latest revisions were hammered out Monday after a six-hour session mediated by the U.N. envoy, Said Djinnit.

Djinnit told reporters late Monday after returning to his home in Senegal that he remains hopeful the election will occur as planned.

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