Will Gabon go up in flames tonight?

August 7 in Libreville. Photo by our Observer Adriankoto

Gabon's presidential election results are to be announced tonight (September 2). One of our Observers in the country explains that the three-day gap between the vote and the results might have given rise to fraudulent activities. He also raises concerns over the unrest that could surge once the results are announced. 

Nicaise Moulombi is president of Libreville-based NGO 'Growth, health and environment'.

It's true that it would have been difficult to announce the results earlier. Gabon is a pretty big country made up of nine provinces, and infrastructure and transport is not good. So it takes time for all the results to arrive in Libreville. And plus there were 18 candidates and 4,000 polling stations, so counting the votes was a slow process.

Three days however leaves enough time for certain people to bribe those who deliver the reports. Why not give projections in each province to assure citizens that there's no fraud going on? My concern is that the fraud will take place when the results reach the capital. But at least this time, the three candidates were all anticipating the possibility of tomfoolery. So they asked their election teams to send them photos of the election reports from each province before they were sent on. That way it will be harder to alter them in Libreville.  

The situation is very strained and the three main candidates are going to have to keep their supporters under control when the results are announced. I think they should talk to each other now and adopt a common stance to avoid any unrest. I hope they won't put their individual interests before those of the people of Gabon."

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Μεγάλος άνθροπος,

Les Gabonnais doivent tout faire pour eviter des rslts ne provenants pas des urnes car s' ils laissent Ali Bongo prendre le pouvoir donc ca serait le debut d' une autre histoire pour le Gabon. Le pere en a fait 41 ans. Le fils en cherchant a copier deja le pere fera combien? Donc ne le laisser mem pas gouter pour qu' il refuse de laisser com son pere.

Rise up and speak Gabon!!

There comes a time when it is of every citizen to take responsibility for the destiny of his country. Today the voice of the Gabonese people must be and will be heard so that those who still believe that they could run over a whole nation without paying the price are proved wrong. Bob Marley sang that," one can fool some people sometimes, but cannot fool all the people all the time". This is to say that whoever will try to fraudulently declare himself the winner of this election will carry with him for the rest of his life, the burden of an angry people. Just as Dr, Martin Luther King Jr said, there comes a time when we cannot stand silent anymore, There comes a time when we cannot wait anymore and in a non-violent manner the Gabonese people must refuse to be imposed a President.Finally, President Barack Obama said in Ghana that, "the Future of Africa lies in the hands of Africans" I am saying that the destiny of Gabon lies in the hands of the Gabonese people and we all know this, so Let us stand firm and strong with our eyes toward a brighter Gabon and say "NO" TO who deserves it.....

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