Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 March 2010

Cote d’Ivoire / UNOCI underlines the decisive phases of electoral process





Cote d’Ivoire / UNOCI underlines the decisive phases of electoral process



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 5, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNOCI is closely monitoring current efforts to establish a government and for the resumption of the activities of the new leadership of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Mission’s spokesman, Hamadoun Touré, said in Zouan Hounien on Thursday.


Speaking at the Mission’s weekly press conference in Zouan Hounien, 750 km from Abidjan, Mr. Touré outlined the remaining important tasks in the electoral process. The first task, he said, was the resumption of the appeals process on registration on the provisional electoral list throughout the country.


He said that the achievement of this operation will lead to the second crucial stage which is the production of the definitive electoral list.


Mr. Touré then outlined the last remaining stages, including the production and distribution of identity cards and voters’ cards. “After that there will be the transportation of electoral material and the election campaign,” the spokesman added.


He appealed for everyone’s commitment to ensure that “these sensitive phases of the electoral process take place in a calm atmosphere and in accordance with the agreed rules”. Mr. Touré said that for its part, UNOCI will continue to provide various forms of support to ensure that the tasks are carried out and open, fair, free and transparent elections are successfully organised.


Mr. Touré also announced that UNOCI will be supporting the Ministry of Women, Family and Social Affairs in celebrating International Women’s Day. The spokesman said that the UN mission will mark the day in two ways. It will organize a workshop on women’s participation in politics and the participation of men in violence against women at its headquarters, he explained, adding that sensitisation and training workshops initiated by UNOCI are being planned in main towns in the district of Man.


On another issue, the spokesman warned the population against certain individuals who have been using UNOCI’s name and logo to carry out fraudulent practices. “These people extract money from third parties by making false claims that they can provide them with jobs or finance a Quick Impact Project,” he said. He reminded them that to work for UNOCI does not require any payment. With regard to Quick Impact Projects Mr. Touré stressed that such assistance is given free of charge to benefit Ivorians.


Responding to questions from journalists on the lessons learnt after the recent demonstrations following the dissolution of the IEC and the government, Mr. Touré said that one could draw at least three lessons: 

“The first lesson learnt is the will and determination of Ivorians to hold elections,” he said. The second, he added, was Ivorians’ decision to resort to the mechanisms put in place by the Ouagadougou Political Agreement (APO) through the triptych, namely national ownership, regional facilitation and accompaniment by the international community. In this regards, Mr. Touré said that the most important lesson was the capacity with which the difficulties are being overcome.


He also explained that UNOCI, in order to advance the process, was carrying out consultations with the protagonists and all the parties. Mr. Touré reaffirmed the Mission’s position which involves preserving the achievements, calmly resolving the crisis and producing the definitive electoral list.


He also outlined UNOCI’s socio-economic initiatives to benefit the communities, especially the QIPs and 1000 Microprojects. In this regard, the Spokesman explained to journalists how to access QIPs programme. “All projects submitted must be in the interest of the local community,” he added.


With regard to the 1000 Microprojects, established by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Touré explained the type of people that can benefit from them. “They are aimed at ex-combatants, former militia members, young people at risk and women affected by conflict. To date, he further explained, more than 500 microprojects have been implemented to the benefit of more than 2000 people”. 


Speaking on the success of this programme, Mr. Touré said that a second phase of the 1000 microprojects was launched recently. In reaction to a question on the increased level of gender-based violence in the Duekoué area, the spokesman said: “UNOCI condemns such acts and there are ongoing investigations to find out where the responsibility lies”. He said that UNOCI, in collaboration with local NGOs had organised sensitisation and information sessions to fight against this scourge.


Responding to concerns on the UN Mission’s support to the Integrated Command Centre, Mr. Touré cited actions undertaken by the Mission in this regard. “We provide a lot of human and logistical help to the patrols of the mixed brigades,” he noted, adding that all this should contribute to reducing insecurity in the region on the one hand and help the security forces to provide better protection for the population on the other.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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