Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 March 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief meets two independent presidential candidates

 


 

 

 

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief meets two independent presidential candidates

 

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 2, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, on Monday, met two independent presidential candidates who came to raise their concerns about the electoral process.

 

Jacqueline Lohoues-Oble and Dolo Adama, alias Adama Dahico, expressed their disappointment to Mr. Choi, at not having been consulted or included in the newly- formed Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

 

Mr. Dolo raised the problems that the independent candidates have encountered with regard to security and coverage of their activities by state media. He said that the independent candidates had been sideline in the decision-making. “All the candidates are not treated in the same way,” he pointed out.

 

“We met with the Chief of UNOCI to tell him we exist,” said Mrs Oble. She said that all candidates whether from a political party or independent should be treated the same in accordance with the law, adding that the independent candidates should be involved in deciding on a date for the presidential election. “The different postponements have exhausted us physically and financially,” she added.

 

Earlier, Mrs Oble and Mr. Dolo welcomed the current peaceful climate. They deplored the deaths and violence that occurred during demonstrations against the dissolution of the Government and the IEC. “In order to organise elections we need to overcome these obstacles. There has already been too much sacrifice made by everyone. We should avoid this kind of behaviour,” said Mr. Dolo.

The Special Representative assured us that UNOCI was willing to assist us, he concluded.

 

SOURCE 

Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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