Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI continues to support reunification and the electoral process





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI continues to support reunification and the electoral process



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, will today present the latest developments in the Ivorian peace process to the Security Council, the Spokesman of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI, Hamadoun Touré announced in Brobo today.


Speaking during the Mission’s weekly press conference, held in the town situated 20 km east of Bouaké, Mr. Touré explained that the Special Representative’s presentation was being done with regard to the 24th Secretary-General’s Report on UNOCI.


«It is aimed at providing the Security Council with as much information as possible as it reflects on the future role of the  Mission with regard to supporting reunification and the holding of open, free, fair and transparent elections as soon as possible, » said the Spokesman.


He also mentioned the participation of the Principal Deputy Special Representative, Abou Moussa, in meetings aimed at giving a new impetus to the electoral process. «By taking part in these consultations, UNOCI is reiterating its availability to support the Ivorian partners in finding a solution to break the deadlock with a view to consolidating the progress made in the electoral process,» the Spokesman explained.  


With regard to the processing of the administrative appeals on the provisional electoral list, he noted that the appeals committees were taking a few more days to complete appeals on the grey list, containing the names of registered voters who needed to provide proof of their nationality, as well as processing of pending cases from previous operations. “The IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) has given the date of 5 June 2010 to complete the processing of appeals, pending a consensus on this deadline from the institutions involved in the processing of the electoral list,” he said.


The Spokesman noted that consultations were also being conducted under aegis of the Prime Minister, for the consolidation and publication of a definitive electoral list according to an agreed modus operandi. «UNOCI, along with the international community, is following the new developments in the reunification process and the implementation of the identification operation and the organisation of elections, with great interest,» said the Spokesman.


He reiterated UNOCI’s availability to continue its support to the national institutions, especially the IEC, with a view to efficiently implementing the electoral programmes in accordance with its mandate.

Mr. Touré said once more that the UN Mission remained ready to welcome all positive developments, support them and continue with its accompanying mission with regard to the crisis-resolution process in Côte d’Ivoire.


He then turned to the organisation of the eighth edition of UNOCI Days, which started on Wednesday in Brobo with free medical treatment for some 500 people. Explaining the concept of the event, Mr. Touré recalled that for three days the people of Brobo will be meeting and discussing with UNOCI through sporting and cultural activities as well as a public forum. He explained that the aim was to involve them in creating a peaceful electoral environment.


Responding to the concerns of journalists on various issues, especially on UNOCI’s future mandate, Mr. Touré advised them to be patient. « Only the Security Council can define UNOCI’s new mandate, he explained, adding that the aim of Mr. Choi’s presentation was to offer members of Security Council all possible options based on realities on the ground and to identify the reasons for the deadlock and try to get rid of them.


On military issue, the Spokesman underlined UNOCI’s support for the reunification movement. « Cantonment is part of reunification’ » he noted, explaining UNOCI’s role in the cantonment process in accordance with the 4th Complementary Accord of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement.


Replying to a question on an interview given to a television channel by the Facilitator of the Inter-Ivorian Dialogue, Mr. Touré highlighted the points that gave President Blaise Compaoré satisfaction. “Mr. Compaoré spoke about the progress made in the crisis-resolution and electoral process. He also talked about efforts being made by the Government and the IEC with regard to the electoral list before expressing the hope of seeing a date for elections soon,” he said.



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