Resolution on Equatorial Guinea
Meeting of the SI Council in Barcelona, 24-25 November 2017
The Socialist International attentively followed the legislative and municipal elections that took place in Equatorial Guinea on 12 November. The political parties in opposition to the regime of General Teodoro Obiang Bguema, among them the SI-member Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), reported serious irregularities which demonstrate that those elections were neither transparent, free nor fair, given that the opposition had no access to any means of communication or sufficient resources.
Additionally, numerous opposition observers were expelled from polling stations and detained by the security forces, preventing the proper monitoring of the vote.
The official result of the aforementioned elections was more than 95% of the votes in favour of the governing party, unthinkable for a democratic regime.
The SI Council, meeting in Barcelona on 24-25 November 2017, condemns the legislative and municipal elections held in Equatorial Guinea on 12 November and requests that its member parties and the governments that they support do not recognise the results of those elections.
The SI Council supports the Equatoguinean political opposition and its member party, CPDS, and endorses the demands of this party that these polls are nullified and repeated under free, transparent and equal conditions, with the monitoring of an impartial international observation.