Cote d’Ivoire / Timid start of appeals process on new provisional voters’ list in Bondoukou
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The appeals process on the new provisional voters’ list actually started on Saturday 24 July 2010 in the local centres of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Zanzan region, an official source in Bondoukou said on Monday.
For the Commissioner of the municipal IEC in Bondoukou, Yaya Ouattara, the start is timid. “There is no crowd. Complaints are resolved one by one. Generally the complaints relate to mistakes on name spelling or names’ omission”, Mr. Ouattara said.
Some of the petitioners interviewed were complaining about mistakes in names’ spelling, others, about the omission for the second time of their names on the list. That was the case of a farmer named Bossom Ki Yao Joseph. “In the first appeals process, there was a mistake on my name and after the appeals process, I am even no more on the list”, he said. Like Mr. Yao, Kobenan Yao Innocent, Mrs. Amenan Konan Mariam and Kouakou Aya Awa had come to the office of the municipal IEC to complain about the omission of their names. The commissioners asked all the petitioners to fill appeals forms and provide administrative documents. (…)
In the office of the municipal IEC, 25 commissioners grouped in five teams of five persons have been working in turn the entire day. At 3.00 PM all the commissioners met to examine all the appeals. According to the officers, in spite of the lack of material, they did their work.
In the IEC centre at the sub-prefecture, most petitioners came from villages within the jurisdiction of the Bondoukou sub-prefecture. The office, with 27 commissioners grouped in 3 teams, has only received four petitioners complaining about omission of their names on both lists. For Hein Adolphe, IEC Chairman in the sub-prefecture, “the low turnout of the petitioners is due to the fact that the people have to cover long distances”.
It should be noted that the chairman of the sub-regional IEC, Mekobou Sati Sévédé, the Chairman of the municipal IEC, Koussan Ano Louis and the IEC central commissioner, supervisor of the Zanzan region, attended the start of the appeals on the provisional voters’ list, on Saturday 24 July in Bondoukou.
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