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US News Ivorian presidential election: possible remedies to correct the electoral list

19:43  05 august  2020
19:43  05 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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From Wednesday until Friday , any citizen can contest the brand new electoral list, which now contains 7.5 million people. Anyone can lodge an appeal to correct any errors on this document, which is crucial to the conduct of the presidential election.

With our special correspondent in Abidjan, Sébastien Németh

Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert, the president of the CEI, speaks of a "quantitative leap", of a "prodigious leap" even. Because this year more than 900,000 new voters are added to the list. They were only 277,000 new voters in 2018. "As far as Ivorian can remember, we had not yet reached such a figure," said Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert.

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An appeal procedure that may last 2 weeks

He also welcomed the mobilization of political parties, which had campaigned to encourage Ivorians to register. So everyone has until Friday to file an appeal. Normally, this is done with the local IEC of the place where the voter is attached.

The Commission then has 3 days to rule. And here again the Ivorians have again 3 days to formulate another type of appeal, before the ordinary courts. The court will finally have 5 days to render its final judgment. This could take almost two weeks.

A moment of political tension

The "litigation" phase is also a very political period, with high stakes since several movements, especially in the opposition, have already announced that they would present appeals.

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We already know that supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, Guillaume Soro and Charles Blé Goudé will file cases. According to their respective camps, the three men were struck off the electoral list because they were convicted by the Ivorian courts in different cases.

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The president of the CEI did not want to confirm or say why, but it is very likely that these judgments have them deprived of their civic and political rights.

EDS, a platform close to Laurent Gbagbo's FPI, will launch an appeal. Its leaders were , who had already come to CEI on Monday, August 3, to ask for an explanation of the former president's case.

Relatives of Blé Goudé and Soro also ready to appeal

Le Cojep, the party of Charles Blé Goudé, has also promised to initiate proceedings. Patrice Saraka, secretary general of the movement, describes this radiation as an illegal and political decision. For him, since Charles Blé Goudé was tried in absentia, the sentence is not final. So it cannot be entered in the criminal record and result in the deprivation of rights.

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Finally, there is Guillaume Soro, sentenced in April. According to his GPS party, a preliminary ruling by the African Court of Human Rights would invalidate this verdict. "For us this sentence has never existed because the decisions of the African Court are enforceable and binding on Côte d'Ivoire," said Moussa Touré, the party's communications director.

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Encouraged appeals

The president of the CEI has in any case encouraged people to try appeals, "it could allow mistakes to be corrected," he said. On the other hand, according to Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert's estimates, after the litigation, the final number of voters could drop, from around 5,000 to 10,000 people.

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