The U.S. State Department has urged American citizens traveling to or living in Guinea to be very careful during the election period, during which there is a possibility of political violence.
The African country's legislative elections, previously announced for September 24, have been rescheduled for September 28.
Currently, there is broad-based agreement among the political parties on the elections. Prior to the current agreement, there
were marches and demonstrations, some of which turned violent. The possibility of spontaneous protests during this and any election cycle remains, the department said in a Travel Alert update.
U.S. citizens in Guinea were strongly urged to avoid polling booths, demonstrations, political rallies, or large crowds of any kind during the election period. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent with little or no warning.
The U.S. embassy in Conakry is closely monitoring Guinea elections and will provide updates as the situation warrants on its website and via Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens have been urged to monitor these sites, as well as local media. They are advised to be aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment in the coming weeks. General information on preparing for emergencies is available on U.S. embassy Conakry's website.
U.S. citizens in Guinea must enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they can gain access to vital security information and enable the embassy to contact them in case of emergency, the State Department said.
by RTT Staff Writer
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