By RFIPosted on 13-11-2019Modified on 13-11-2019 at 23:59

Just under a year from the presidential election, Côte d'Ivoire decided to appeal to the UN to assist it in the electoral process. A UN delegation was received on Tuesday 12 November by the Independent Electoral Commission.

The UN mission is being asked to identify the needs of the Independent Electoral Commission, while the latter remains highly criticized by the opposition and experts fear new disturbances in view of the tensions that remain in the current political context.

A meeting between IEC President Ibrahim Coulibaly-Kuibiert and the UN mission lasted an hour and a half. The UN delegation responds to a request from the Ivorian state, which wants support in the electoral process until the fateful date of the presidential election of October 2020.

For Simon-Pierre Nanitelamio, the deputy director of the UN's electoral assistance, it will be a question of assessing the political context and meeting all the political actors, in order to ensure a calm atmosphere in this race for the function. supreme.

The UN already solicited in 2015

IEC Director of Communications Kigbafori Inza said Côte d'Ivoire had already asked its UN partner in 2015, whose assistance had provided technical, material and financial support during the previous presidential election . A vote whose good performance had been applauded by the international body.

In response to the comments of national and international experts who are waving the specter of possible troubles near the D-Day, the Ivorian authorities are reassuring. Government spokesman Sidi Tiemoko Toure insists that the country is " sufficiently equipped to organize these elections autonomously ", while accepting " the advice of partners and friends " of Côte d'Ivoire. At least two more meetings are scheduled between the IEC and the UN to determine in detail the needs.

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