Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 March 2010

Cote d’Ivoire / The population of Zouan-Hounien commit to creating a peaceful electoral climate





Cote d’Ivoire / The population of Zouan-Hounien commit to creating a peaceful electoral climate



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 8, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A forum with the population marked the second phase of the fourth edition of UNOCI Days, organized from 3 to 5 March 2010 in Zouan-Hounien, 750 km west of Abidjan.


Under the theme “The population of Zouan-Hounien and UNOCI hand in hand for a peaceful electoral environment”, the forum, presided over by the Prefect of the District, Boni Agnimel Salomon, was an opportunity for the participants to better understand the local realities, as well as the concerns of the population.


“Zouan-Hounien is hosting us at a time when the electoral horizon is becoming clearer and the clouds of the past weeks are disappearing,” the chief of UNOCI’s delegation, Hamadoun Touré, said. He highlighted the massive presence of the people of Zouan-Hounien, which, he said, was an expression of their commitment to establish and strengthen a peaceful electoral environment. “They have the capacity to meet such a challenge”, Mr. Touré said.


Citing the different phases already accomplished in the electoral process, he said that Côte d’Ivoire was on the last step to victory in the organization of open, fair, free and transparent elections.


Mr. Boni Agnimel, the Prefect, welcomed UNOCI’s involvement in the crisis-resolution process and its numerous initiatives to benefit the population in his district. Among other things, he cited the implementation of Quick Impact Projects and the organization of sensitization and information workshops. He also invited the population of Zouan-Hounien to make a commitment for peace.


Earlier, the Mayor, Yomi Kpeula Nicolas, confirmed the commitment of the people of Zouan-Hounien to free, transparent and peaceful elections.


For his part, Sétin Nando Frederic, the representative of the General Council, invited the populations to look beyond political considerations so as to protect Côte d’Ivoire. “The winner of the coming elections will be Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, urging them to preserve public buildings and to respect constitutional order.


Religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as groups of women and young people read recommendations which emanated from workshops held the day before.


The first group, the chiefs, underlined their commitment to sensitize the populations to respect institutions and authorities. They also made a commitment to resolve conflicts through the interaction of alliances and reconciliation.


The women, for their part, said that they would like to be better represented in decision-making.


The young people’s group said their commitment was to prioritize dialogue, avoid manipulation and accept the results of the election.


All of them asked for UNOCI’s support in organizing sensitization sessions on the culture of peace and non violence. The UNOCI’s sections which attended the event, in turn, presented their role and activities. These were the Electoral Assistance, Human Rights, Public Information and Civil Affairs sections, the Child Protection, Gender, Rule of Law, Conduct and Discipline and Legal Adviser units, as well as UNOCI’s military force and police.


The questions that followed the presentations revolved around the electoral process, UNOCI’s support to the populations through its Quick Impact Projects programme, gender issues and the 1000 Microprojects initiative.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


%d bloggers like this: