Côte d’Ivoire: Electoral Commission says it is “ready” for October 31 election

From this Wednesday, October 14 until October 20, Ivorians registered on the electoral rolls will be able to collect their voter card at their polling station. With 17 days to go before the presidential election, the Electoral Commission says it is “ready”. The opposition, which has called for civil disobedience, has not yet set out its precise watchwords, and its two candidates are casting doubt on their participation if the election does indeed take place.
7.5 million registered voters can theoretically go to their polling station this Wednesday to collect their voter’s card for the presidential election.
“It should be noted that all voters, that is to say the 7,495,082 voters on the electoral list are concerned by the distribution of these voter cards, insisted Ibrahime Kuibiert Coulibaly president of the IEC. The Independent Electoral Commission is technically ready to organize the presidential elections of October 31, 2020, saying that we do not want to stir up controversy, much less upset anyone. Only the respect of the Constitution and the electoral code is our objective».
The IEC says it is ready, but there is still uncertainty about the elections on the 31st. Alassane Ouattara repeats over and over again that the elections will take place on the scheduled date. KKB, an independent candidate, has indicated on several occasions that he would participate.
But for its part, the opposition front has been hammering for weeks that the conditions are not in place for the election to be held. The opposition has even suspended the participation of its representatives in the central and local commissions. But neither Pascal Affi N’Guessan, who pleads for a transition lasting several months, nor Henri Konan Bédié have yet uttered the word “boycott”.

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