Côte d'Ivoire: end of applications for the legislative elections of March 6

Polling station operation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 30, 2016. REUTERS / Luc Gnago

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In Côte d'Ivoire, legislative candidates have until 6 p.m. on Friday evening to submit their candidacy files.

The deadline, initially set for January 20, was extended by two days by the Electoral Commission at the request of the political parties.

Voters will be called upon to renew the National Assembly on March 6.


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With our correspondent in Abidjan


Pierre Pinto

Within the political staffs, the three weeks which have just passed have been complicated to manage.

In the opposition, 

the unity displayed at the beginning of the month was short-lived


The trendy FPI Affi N'Guessan accused, a few days ago, the PDCI and the EDS, the pro-Gabgbo platform, of discussing single candidacies between them while leaving the other parties of the opposition coalition on the sidelines .

The FPI Affi therefore decided to go it alone.

Internal tensions which also caused the withdrawal of Charles Blé Goudé's Cojep from the CDRP platform.

The GPS, the political group of Guillaume Soro, announced for its part that it was not presenting a candidate under its colors, just like ten other small parties.

This period of selection of candidates will therefore have seriously abused the front of the opposition born during the presidential campaign.

Candidates without a label

Another difficulty for the parties is to comply with the new law on the representativeness of women.

Law which imposes a quota of 30% of candidates.

The opposition parties did not hide their difficulty

in fielding women in the race


Finally, another concern in the parties whatever they are: the number of candidates without labels.

Many unsuccessful candidates could run as independents and nibble the votes of their respective groups.

The Electoral Commission will publish the candidacies on January 31 before forwarding them for validation to the Constitutional Council.

The campaign will start on February 26 and end on March 4.


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