The majority party in Guinea-Bissau on Friday introduced an appeal to the Supreme Court to contest the defeat of its candidate Domingos Simoes Pereira in the presidential election, we learned from the highest court in this small, chronically unstable country. from West Africa.
The African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which has the largest number of deputies in the National Assembly and which is chaired by Mr. Pereira, “this Friday effectively introduced the actions aiming to cancel the result of the second round of the presidential election, ”said the communications officer of the Supreme Court, Salim Vieira.
The judges will meet Monday to “begin to analyze the remedies” of the PAIGC, said a source close to the president of this institution, Paulo Sanha.
The victory in the second round, on December 29, went to the candidate of the opposition party Madem and former Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo, with 53.55% of the votes, according to results announced Wednesday by the National Election Commission (CNE), who credited the PAIGC candidate with 46.45% of the vote.
Denouncing an “electoral fraud”, Mr. Pereira had in the wake denounced results “full of irregularities, nullities and manipulations”.
« We cannot accept such a result, » said PAIGC chief and former prime minister, who won first in the first round with 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to nearly 28 percent for Embalo.
« We will bring all the evidence that shows that the results have been changed » for the benefit of Mr. Embalo, added Mr. Pereira.
No party official was reachable Friday immediately to clarify the complaints of this formation which led the former Portuguese colony to independence in 1974 and dominated since the political life of this poor country, customary shots State and prey to great political instability.
The Supreme Court has eight days to decide. The transfer of power between the outgoing president, José Mario Vaz, and his successor must take place 45 days after the announcement of the final results by the high court.