(Voice of America) Human Rights Groups: EQ Guinea Referendum Discredited

(Voice of America) Human Rights Groups: EQ Guinea Referendum Discredited

November 15, 2011
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Human rights groups are questioning the validity of Sunday's referendum in Equatorial Guinea, which officials say resulted in near unanimous support for proposed constitutional reforms.

 

Human rights groups are questioning the validity of Sunday's referendum in Equatorial Guinea, which officials say resulted in near unanimous support for proposed constitutional reforms.

New York-based Human Rights Watch and Equatorial Guinea's EQ Justice said Tuesday some polling places did not even have ballots available that would have registered a “no” vote.

Voters, observers, and opposition officials told the human rights groups they saw people encouraged to vote publicly as well as to cast ballots on behalf of absent relatives. They also saw military forces in and around some polling places. They said opposition members were threatened and two were detained.

 

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