Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 October 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI tour campaigns in Worodougou region for peaceful elections





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI tour campaigns in Worodougou region for peaceful elections



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, October 15, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), on 10 October 2009, in Séguéla, launched the Worodougou leg of its awareness raising campaign, named UNOCI TOUR and aimed at informing people in areas that are difficult to reach, on the peace process in progress in the country.


During the launching ceremony entitled: “Worodougou for a peaceful electoral climate”, representatives of UNOCI, as well as local authorities explained the main aspects of the process and urged the population to contribute to peace.


“Our presence here confirms the commitment of the international community to stand beside Côte d’Ivoire in the holding of free, transparent and democratic elections in order to ensure lasting peace in the country”, explained UNOCI’s Public Information Officer in Séguéla, Désiré Ndagijimana.


The local chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Inza Fofana, explained the progress in the drawing up of the electoral list and urged the population to consult it when the time comes and to make complaints if necessary. He focused particularly on irregularities which could give rise to complaints, namely the omission of registered voters, fraudulent registration on the electoral list and mistakes on names.


The sub prefect of Séguéla, Adolphe Zegbe Kouamé, appealed to the population to avoid needless conflicts and situations which could endanger or jeopardise peace after the publication of the results. “We should understand that whoever gets the most votes, will be declared President”, he explained, criticizing the bad examples of electoral disputes in Africa and elsewhere. On the same subject, the representative of the Ivorian League of Human Rights (LIDHO), Moussa Bamba, urged people to be vigilant and stressed that only the IEC was authorized to publish the election results. He also asked the audience to refrain from tearing down the electoral lists when they are posted.


The local president of the Organization of Active Women in Côte d’Ivoire (OFACI), Françoise Soumahoro, launched an appeal to women to play an educative and awareness-raising role with regard to the culture of peace. “We are the best persons for this mission, so let us play our part,” she said.


The Imam of the central mosque and the Priest of Séguéla, who participated in the event, have started awareness-raising sessions to ensure massive participation by the population in UNOCI TOUR in the coming weeks.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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