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US News Côte d'Ivoire: the CEI says it is “ready” for the presidential election

05:40  14 october  2020
05:40  14 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Côte d ’ Ivoire ’s President Alassane Ouattara has told RFI in an exclusive interview that all candidates will be free to contest the 2020 presidential election – in He says he has up until 3 months before the October elections to do so. He also said he welcomes change and is ready to pass the baton to

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L'opposition ivoirienne accuse la Commission électorale indépendante et la majorité de fraude organisée. © REUTERS / Luc Gnago The Ivorian opposition accuses the Independent Electoral Commission and the majority of organized fraud.

From this Wednesday, October 14 and until October 20, Ivorians registered on the electoral rolls will be able to collect their voter cards at their polling station. 17 days before the presidential election, the Electoral Commission says it is “ready”. The opposition which launched a call for civil disobedience has not yet launched its precise slogans and its two candidates cast doubt on their participation if the election does indeed take place.

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In preparation, the Côte d ' Ivoire government last year adopted a first-of-its-kind military reform law and earmarked 2,000 billion CFA francs (3.8 billion The post- election crisis then evolved from a targeted campaign of violence by Gbagbo forces to an armed conflict in which armed forces from both sides

They say that “non-natives”—meaning West African immigrants and Ivorians from ethnic groups native to other regions of Côte d ’ Ivoire —seized vast Although this reality is far less sinister than the oft-recited depiction of widespread, violent takeover of natives’ land, it is generally no less problematic

7.5 million voters registered on the electoral roll can theoretically as of this Wednesday go to their polling station to collect their voter card in preparation for the presidential election.

"It is good to specify that all the voters, that is to say the 7,495,082 voters on the electoral list are concerned by the distribution of these voter cards, insisted Ibrahime Kuibiert Coulibaly president of the IEC. The Independent Electoral Commission is technically ready to organize the presidential election on October 31, 2020, saying that we neither want to stir up controversy, let alone upset anyone. Only respect for the Constitution and the electoral code is our objective. "

The CEI therefore says it is ready, but uncertainty still looms around this election on the 31st. Alassane Ouattara repeats envy that the elections will take place on the scheduled date. KKB, an independent candidate, has indicated on several occasions that he will participate.

But for its part the opposition front has been hammering for weeks that the conditions are not in place for the election to be held. The opposition even suspended the participation of its representatives in the central committee and local committees. But neither Pascal Affi N’Guessan who pleads for a transition of several months, nor Henri Konan Bédié have yet uttered the word "boycott".

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