Polls Close in Guinea Elections
Polling stations began to shut across Guinea Saturday with no violence reported in the restive west African nation's first parliamentary election in more than a decade, according to Agence France Presse journalists.
Voters had a choice of more than 1,700 candidates vying for 114 seats in a national assembly, which will replace the transitional body that has been running the country since military rule came to an end in 2010.
Logistical problems and poor weather meant some polling stations opened late and some were allowed to extend their hours beyond the official cut-off time of 1800 GMT.
Early indications signified that turnout had been good, with 40 percent of the electorate of five million having cast their ballots by midday, according the election commission.
The vote, originally due within six months of the swearing-in of President Alpha Conde in 2010, had been delayed numerous times amid disputes over its organization, stoking deadly ethnic tensions that have dogged Guinean politics since the country's independence from France in 1958.
The campaign had been marred by days of violence between government and opposition activists which saw more than 70 people wounded and a trainee policeman killed, but no major incident had been reported as polling booths began to shut.
The election commission has 72 hours to report preliminary results.