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UN Urges Guinea to Set Election Date

Guinean soldiers remove boxes filled with electoral materials from a warehouse on fire in a military camp in Conakry, 16 Sep 2010

The U.N. Security Council is urging Guinea to act swiftly in setting a new date for the presidential runoff election, which was postponed earlier in the week.

After a closed-door Council meeting Friday, the U.N. body said holding peaceful, free and fair elections is vital to re-establishing constitutional order in Guinea.

The election had been set for Sunday. Guinea's electoral commission postponed the vote Wednesday after allegations of fraud, the death of the electoral commission president and political violence.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm in Guinea.

West African leaders meeting Friday in Nigeria called on Guinea to hold a runoff election within three weeks.

Supporters of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo say Alpha Conde's campaign is purposely postponing the runoff vote. Mr. Diallo won twice as many votes as Mr. Conde in the first round.

Guinean authorities suspended campaigning last Sunday after clashes between supporters of the two candidates.