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[TheBlackList] NO TO BONGO:
Gabon goes GA BONG for Freedom
Thursday, September 3, 2009 5:05 PM
From: "Kwasi Akyeampong" <theblacklist@hotmail.com>
To: theblacklist@lists.riseup.netDate:

Dear Kwasi,

I am writing to have some words out in the US about Gabon
situation. On June 8th, President Omar Bongo died and the
country entered in a transition period an which an interim
President was sworn in the person of Rose Francine Rogombe.

The new interim President who is a member of the state party
PDG has to led the election process, the date set for the election
to take place was August 30, 2009 even though the opposition
indicate that a longer period was needed to properly prepare the
election. Indeed, the electoral list which count for the 800 000
electors for a population of 1 300 000 seems unrealistic and has
not been updated properly.

The election process has been full of irregularities (i.e. problem
with the electoral list, only a few days given to Gabonese people
to register themselves, issues the day of the voter such as
fraudulent registration of strangers, parallel  voting booths, etc)

Despite all the request for a longer time to better prepare the
election, the gouvernment maintained the election to take place
on August 30, 2009. People still came in numbers on that date
and a public count of the votes was made at the end with
"process verbal" signed by all authorized members of the
dominant party and the opposition.

A copy of that PV was given to each candidates.

The results of the election was supposed to come out on
September 2nd, the Gabonese people who feared their votes to
be stolen spent the night with all the leaders of the opposition at
the site of the CENAP, the organism in charge of collecting all the
PV and indicating the winner of the election. This morning, some
military people were sent to spread out  the people doing the
sitting at the CENAP including the leaders of the opposition. One
of them  Mr. Pierre Mamboundou was hurt, another one Mr.
Andre Mba Obame is at an unknown location, we do not know if
he is detained or not.

On the basis of the PV signed the day of the public count taking
place at each voting stations around the country and abroad, Mr.
Ali Bongo who is the son of the President Omar Bongo,
representing the PDG came 3rd. Mr. Mba Obame complained
yesterday that some PV were re-written to give false results.
Today, we received the news on TV that Mr. Ali Bongo was
elected President of Gabon. The country is now knowing some
civil unrests as results are contested. We heard that the site of
the company TOTAL in Port Gentil has been put in fire, the
consulate of France has also burnt (France is viewed by many as
supportive of the power in place) and that three provinces might
have stated they would do sessasion.

Mr. Ali Bongo has promised to crush any civil unrest, the situation
is therefore critical.

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