Ex-Ivorian rebels to review role in electoral body

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former Ivorian rebels grouped as the New Forces meet Wednesday to decide on participation in the Independent Electoral Commission, whose composition has been widely decried by opposition parties.
The meeting was prompted by a request for reconsideration of their stand on the issue from the UN representative for elections in Cote d'Ivoire, Antonio Monteiro, who toured their headquarters in Bouake last Saturday, the New Forces said in a statement Tuesday.
It said a UN delegation led by the head of the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire Pierre Schori and Monteiro had visited the New Forces' leadership for consultations on the country's prevailing situation.
"Several topics were discussed during that meeting, which was devoted to the peace process in general and particularly the electoral process, including the formation of a new-look Independent Electoral Commission," the release indicated.
The New Forces and opposition parties had protested against the new laws emanating from the Linas Marcoussis that President Laurent Gbagbo proclaimed in July, including the operations of the CEI.
The opposition maintain that they do not recognise of the laws Gbagbo passed by decree on 15 July.
This is the latest hitch in the peace and electoral processes aimed at lifting the West African nation out of nearly three years of civil war.

16 august 2005 18:21:00

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