Help Security Forces Prevent Election Violence

Target: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission

Goal: Urge offer of security assistance to protect Guinean voters ahead of tense and violent election season.

In the West African republic of Guinea, elections this year were marred by more than 30 deaths and over 90 serious injuries as voters and volunteers were attacked and beaten, all while police and military personnel appeared to allow the violence to continue. Now, fears of further violence have been renewed in the run-up to the October presidential election, while almost no major changes appear to have been made for security arrangements.

Guinea, as a full member of the African Union, has a right to expect assistance in the event of civil unrest or violence, and its fellow AU members commit resources for exactly this purpose. Without decisive action, Guinean voters will go to the polls under threat of injury, death, and unrest. Sign the petition below to demand that the Chair of the African Union Commission offer additional security personnel and resources to save lives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Faki,

Guinea’s path to democracy has been long and troubled over the past decade, with elections frequently marked by grave violence and uncertainty. This is precisely what occurred in the March 2020 elections, and a fraught political environment may suffer from further violence in the October presidential election.

To prevent as much harm and loss of life as possible, I urge you to extend the assistance of the African Union’s Directorate of Peace and Security to President Alpha Condé and election officials.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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