MaximsNewsNetwork: 24 November 2009 – ONUCI: United Nations: The posting of the provisional electoral list in collection centres around the country began on Monday. Last week, the Ivorian Constitutional Council validated 14 out of 20 candidates for the presidential election among them President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leaders Henri Konan Bedie and Alassane Dramane Ouattara.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (24 November) welcomed the publication of the provisional voter list in Cote dIvoires long-delayed elections, and called on all parties to fix a new date as soon as possible for the poll, now postponed yet again from the latest deadline of this month.
Ban assured all parties in the West African country, split by civil war in 2002 into a government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north, that the UN would continue to provide the necessary financial, technical and logistical aid to help them organize and conduct open, free, fair and transparent elections.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte dIvoire, Y.J. Choi and the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Robert Buegré Mambé, yesterday visited collection centers where the provisional electoral list has been posted.
During the last week, peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in Cote dIvoire, known as UNOCI, transported the lists by UN aircraft, vehicles and boats to regional authorities throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Ivorian Constitutional Council last Friday (20 November) had validated 14 out of 20 candidates for the presidential election. Those validated include President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leaders Henri Konan Bedie and Alassane Dramane Ouattara.
The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, were planned for 29 November after repeated postponements. A new official date has not yet been announced, but is not expected until next year.
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