Military on High Alert

Feb 29, 2020

The Guinean military remains on high alert as of 28 February 2020, ahead of the legislative elections and constitutional referendum scheduled for 1 March. Security forces are conducting patrols throughout the capital Conakry through at least 3 March, and will provide increased security near polling areas on election day. At least five opposition parties have announced a boycott of the elections, along with their intention to prevent voting from taking place. In addition to the legislative elections, Guineans will vote on a draft constitution, which includes measures to enable President Alpha Condé to seek a third term in the October 2020 presidential election. Since October 2019, opposition leaders have organized protests against Condé’s efforts to run for a third term, which have resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people due to protest-related violence. As a precaution, travelers and expatriates in Guinea should avoid polling stations and limit non-essential ground movements to the extent possible on election day due to the potential for unrest and violence.

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