Ivorian opposition demands secure electoral process

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition Thursday voiced conerns o ver the security of the electoral process to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon wh o was meeting with the main political parties in the country on the second day of his visit to Côte d'Ivoire.
"That means that the neutral forces must not only participate in the conduct of the electoral process, they should also support the elections and ensure that th e election is conducted under conditions of peace and security for all Ivorians", Alassane Ouattara said on behalf of his colleagues of the opposition Côte d'Ivoi r e pro-Houphouet Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP).
The opposition renewed its gratitude to the UN for its efforts in spreading peac e and reconciliation information in the country.
"We appreciate the UN contribution to the UNOCI missions but we would also like support in order to improve access to the national radio and television", Ouatta r a said while denouncing the uneven access of political parties to the state medi a .
Ki-Moon arrived here Wednesday on the last leg of his West African tour after go ing to Burkina Faso.
During his visit to Cote d'Ivoire, Ki-Moon met with President Laurent Gbagbo, Pr ime Minister Guillaume Soro, the political stakeholders, the civil society and o f ficials of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).
He further witnessed the signing Thursday by the main parties, of the code of go od conduct set up by the Commission to organise the polls in a peaceful climate.
General elections in Côte d'Ivoire are expected to hold in November to end a six -year political and military crisis in the West African nation.

25 april 2008 11:56:00




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