Head of State Everything is ready for the start of the election campaign Next Friday will be the official start of the campaign for the legislative, senatorial and municipal elections on May 26. The parties are finalizing everything necessary to request the vote of their constituents. Regarding the elections, statements that the President made during his recent visit were recorded in the U.S. press.

09/05/2013

For the first time in the history of Equatorial Guinea, 55 members of a new Senate will be democratically elected in the elections that will take place throughout the country on May 26. As was established in the Constitutional Reform of February 2012, the fifteen remaining senators will be appointed by the President, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The citizens will vote to elect the new parliament members and municipal representatives.

There will be three democratic options that the voters may choose: the first one, the great democratic coalition formed by the majority of the legally established parties: Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Liberal Democratic Convention (CLD); Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE), Progressive Democratic Alliance (ADP), Social Democratic Coalition Party (PCSD), Social Democratic Union (SDU) Popular Union (UP), Liberal Party (PL), Social Democratic Party (PSD), National Democratic Union (UDENA) and Social Democratic and Popular Convergence (CSDP). They all signed, on March 30, a large political coalition agreement to stand united in this election.

Moreover, the elections will also be attended by Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) with its Secretary General, Placido Mico at the head, and Popular Action (AP) of Carmelo Mba Bacale.

Statements to the international press

In reference to this election, and during the recent visit of President Obiang to the United States to participate in the High Level Discussions on the Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts in Africa scheduled by the United Nations and the African Union (AU), the Head of State made some statements that were recorded in the U.S. media: "We have reformed our Constitution and the successive municipal, legislative and presidential elections to form political institutions with the participation of all our citizens. We look forward to this upcoming historic election that will help choose the voices in our communities and new Senate."

-"As I have said in the past, there is still a lot to be done regarding the electoral reform. We know that our task is not easy and we have a long way to go, since it is developing a country whose evolution has begun recently. We face the task of changing attitudes that are deeply rooted in underdevelopment, and habits that are opposed to modern development, such as tribalism and political opportunism. These elections are part of that change and we are trying to build a solid foundation to develop our nation" added the President.

-"The U.S. State Department noted that our 2008 legislative elections were 'peaceful, orderly and better'. We are building on this achievement,"also said H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, adding that "we are surprised by the criticism from international NGOs, while we work to improve the systems and involve more citizens in the electoral process. These organizations have challenged us without offering support or assistance for the construction of our society civil. Our most active critics have not even taken the time to witness the progress or the work we carry out with our people to make a positive change."

-"The tremendous growth and change in Equatorial Guinea is for the Guineans living and contributing in the country. We are making progress for all of our people," concluded the Head of State.

Text  photos: Qorvis, Equatorial Guniea'as Press and Information Office.

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