CPLP wants to guarantee free elections in Guinea-Bissau

The Heads of Diplomacy of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) want the choice of Guinea-Bissau’s president to be free. In a statement issued following a meeting held this week in New York, it was stressed that the Guinean people should freely and sovereignly choose their president. The country prepares the sixth presidential elections of 25 years of democracy history, which should take place on November 24th.

The CPLP Foreign and Foreign Ministers point out that it is imperative that Guinea-Bissau successfully finish the current political-electoral cycle, “thus achieving the institutional stability necessary for the consolidation of democracy and the development and well-being of its population“.

Elections in Guinea Bissau Photo: LUSA

Last Wednesday (25) the deadline for the submission of candidatures to the Supreme Court for the sixth elections of a president in the history of Guinean democracy since 1994 has expired. According to news agencies, 19 candidates have already been submitted to the judicial body. Guinea-Bissau law provides that the body must evaluate the applications and determine the provisional list of competitors within no more than three weeks,

At the informal meeting that took place at the opening of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, the country’s recent political developments were presented by Guinea-Bissau Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa.

CPLP is part of the group of organizations that support the stabilization of Guinea-Bissau, known as P5, which is also made up of the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).