Guinea-Bissau: Electoral Commission calls for elections on November 3

Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission has called for the presidential elections to take place on 3 November, according to a schedule which Lusa had access to on Monday.

The schedule also indicates that the second round of the presidential elections will take place on 8 December, if necessary.

The document provides that the date of the presidential elections will be set, under a presidential decree, by the first week of August.

The head of state’s current term of office ends on 23 June.

According to the electoral law, the president shall set the date for the presidential and legislative elections 90 days ahead, via a presidential decree.

The United Nations and the Community of West African States (Ecowas) has called for the president of Guinea-Bissau to schedule presidential elections this year.

The country is undergoing a new political impasse two months after the legislative elections on 10 March, which has conditioned the nomination of the future prime minister and the formation of a new government.