EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Low voter turnout in local polls
ABIDJAN, 29 May 2000 (IRIN) - Low voter turnout characterised municipal elections in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday after opposition parties calling the event an “electoral farce” asked people to stay away, AFP reported.
AFP said that many polling centres closed early in the absence of voters in an election which the ruling Partido Democratico Guinea Equatorial is expected to win. Three radical opposition parties - the Convergencia para la Democracia Social, Union Popular and Alianza Democratica Progresiva called for a boycott because of a lack of transparency.
Eleven other opposition parties, considered close to the government, did not participate in the two-week campaign leading to the elections.
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