Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI mobilizes the people of Tengrela for a peaceful electoral environment and the fight against female circumcision





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI mobilizes the people of Tengrela for a peaceful electoral environment and the fight against female circumcision



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 15, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) was in Tengrela on Friday, 11 June 2010, for an information and sensitization campaign on the peace process.


The campaign, known as UNOCI Tour, attracted about 200 inhabitants of the town, situated some 800 km north of Abidjan, who were introduced to the roles and activities of the various sections of UNOCI.


“A peaceful electoral environment is not only the business of political parties or religious leaders but also the concern of every son and daughter of Cote d’Ivoire,” said Baruti Munda, the head of the UNOCI delegation. That is why, he said, “we are here to speak to you about creating a peaceful electoral environment so that each one of us can contribute to its establishment and consolidation,” adding “good elections are those that take place in a peaceful environment.”


The Secretary-General of the Prefecture of Tengrela, N’Dri Yao emphasized the need for holding elections in order to definitively emerge from the crisis. He drew analogy between football and elections, saying at the end of an election, there would be a winner and a loser. “At the end of the World Cup, there would be one cup which would be won by one team. It is the same in politics,” he explained, pointing out that elections were being organized so that development can follow.


Speaking on behalf of the town council, municipal councillor, Coulibaly Yacouba expressed satisfaction with UNOCI’s organization of the public screening and reiterated the commitment of his people to establishing a peaceful electoral environment. Other administrative and religious leaders expressed similar views during the get-together which was also marked by the showing of the film “The Hostage” produced by UNOCI’s Human Rights Division on the harmful effects of female genital mutilation. The president of an NGO, ‘Entente et Development’ condemned the practice and other social ills such as forced and early marriage.


Representatives of UNOCI’s Human Rights, Civil Affairs, Electoral Assistance and Public Information sections, as well as UN Police based in Boundiali, took turns to inform the public on their respective activities in Côte d’Ivoire.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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