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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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