Guinea, gripped by days of post-election violence, suffered widespread internet disruptions on Friday after preliminary results showed a victory for President Alpha Conde.
Figures released by the election commission late Thursday showed the 82-year-old incumbent, who is seeking a controversial third term, was the clear leader in Sunday’s first round.
But opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo has claimed victory and his camp has accused the government of “large-scale fraud” in counting ballots.
Internet monitoring group NetBlocks said it suspected the internet outage was an attempt by the government to restrict activity on social media to weaken the opposition.
“The incident appears to be consistent with previous restrictions attributed to state controls during elections in the country,” NetBlocks executive director Alp Toker told AFP.
AFP journalists reported that they had lost their internet connection on the Orange cell phone network, which is ubiquitous in Guinea.
A spokeswoman for Orange Guinea said