Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI encourages a transparent centralisation of the election results
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNOCI notes with interest the centralisation of the election results and encourages the commissioners of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to organise it with transparency and integrity by setting up the appropriate measures to ensure this, the Spokesman for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Hamadoun Touré, said during the Mission’s weekly press conference in Abidjan on Thursday.
On this issue, Mr. Touré explained that UNOCI had no particular anxiety, adding that the most important part of the process was the election results. In this regard the results should be announced in a way that reassures everyone and this should conform strictly to democratic norms, the spokesman insisted. “We have confidence in the IEC and we work hand in hand with it, » he added. .
Turning to the electoral campaign, which started on 15 October, Mr. Touré said that it going well despite some « uncivil acts» which consisted of tearing down posters of certain candidates in some places. UNOCI urges all the parties concerned to focus on the 31 October as their objective, he said and he encouraged the IEC to make the final leap to ensure that the elections are held as scheduled.
Earlier, the spokesman outlined the activities of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, who had separate meetings with the leader of the Rally of Republicans (RDR), Alassane Dramane Ouattara, and the Chairman of the IEC, Youssouf Bakayoko. He said that the head of UNOCI wanted to examine the evolution of the electoral process with them.
The chief of UNOCI had renewed the Mission’s commitment to ensuring the success of the presidential election on 31 October, he added. Mr. Choi explained to them what UNOCI, which distributed voter and identity cards to all the polling sites, had achieved.
Asked about UNOCI’s security preparations for the electoral process in case of any trouble, Mr. Touré recalled the role of the Impartial Forces (UNOCI and Licorne) which is to work with the Ivorian forces through the Integrated Command Centre (ICC) to provide security for the election. « In accordance with Ouaga 4, security for the electoral process is in the first instance the job of the ICC; the Impartial Forces provide support and in this regard the four generals meet regularly, » he explained.
With regard to the Mission’s sensitisation activities to foster a peaceful electoral environment, the spokesman announced that a discussion and information workshop with opinion leaders in Aboisso district, Sud Comoe region, will be held on 25 October. Some 60 representatives of youth groups, traditional chiefs and women’s associations are expected to attend the event which is a follow up to several activities organised by UNOCI in the district.
The spokesman also announced the continuation regional seminars to strengthen the capacity of Ivorian civil society with regard to its role and responsibilities in an electoral period. In this regard, Bondoukou will host a regional seminar regrouping civil society groups from the Zanzan and Moyen Comoé regions from 26 to 27 October, on their involvement in promoting a peaceful electoral environment. «Participants will be provided with the tools to help them understand the concept of the promotion of the culture of peace and social cohesion during an electoral period, » he explained.
The spokesman also announced that UNOCI will donate a Fair-play trophy on Saturday, 23 October, to the team which shows all the qualities of fair-play during the Confraternité Football tournament organised by the National Union of Journalists of Côte d’Ivoire (UNJCI). It is the second consecutive time that UNOCI will donate the Fair Play trophy.
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