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GUINEA-BISSAU ELECTION

Guinea-Bissau votes Sunday for a president and a parliament, the country's first election since a military coup two years ago disrupted a presidential race as it headed to a second round runoff.

Sunday's vote has been pushed back three times.

In the run-up to the poll, the electoral commission did a massive voter registration campaign that authorities say covered 95 percent of potential voters. However, election officials say there has not been much of an education campaign in the media about new voting procedures and how to use the new biometric voter cards.

International funds for organizing the poll were slow to come in over the past two years and the electoral timeline was tight.

On March 15, the country's High Court of Justice confirmed 13 presidential candidates for the election, giving the country less than a month to have ballots printed.

There is no clear presidential front-runner. Political analysts say they expect the vote to go to a second round.

Fifteen parties are running for parliamentary seats.



Guinea-Bissau is one of Africa's smallest, yet most unstable, countries. The political crisis dates back much further than 2012. There have been repeated coups, mutinies and political assassinations since independence 40 years ago. No elected president has ever finished his mandate.

Analysts warn that the military remains a destabilizing force.

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