AT A GLANCE
Official Name: Republic of Guinea
Independence: 1958 from France
Supporting the Electoral Process in Guinea
Local Organization: Independent National Electoral Commission
Canadian Expert: Claude Parent
Since its independence in 1958, Guinea has experienced three military regimes, an increase in poverty, a significant decline in economic
activities, an exodus of foreign companies and many acts of violence against its population. The Joint Declaration of Ouagadougou signed on January 15, 2010 sets the terms for establishing civilian rule and restoring constitutional order in Guinea. The first round of the presidential election on June 27, 2010 was the first democratic presidential elections ever held in Guinea. Parliamentary elections are also planned for later in 2010. The Government of Guinea has requested DDD assistance in the electoral process. Elections Coordinator Claude Parent will help facilitate the observation of these elections and strengthen the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the body responsible for election administration, to implement free, fair and transparent elections.