Cote d'Ivoire's citizens are expressing
disappointment the electoral commission will fail to meet Tuesday
deadline of publishing the voter register.
The voter register is expected to be
used for the vote scheduled for November 29.
Concerned Ivorians say the
electoral body's failure to meet the publishing deadline could increase
tensions ahead of the general elections.
But the government reassured people
saying the presidential election will go on as planned despite the missed
The electoral commission attributes its failure to inadequate funds
to pay the staff processing data for the voter register.
Mariam Coulibaly, an
Ivorian journalist, said that most of the citizens
do not believe the government assurances.
Saturday the prime minister said that if there is a delay and the date of today
is not respected, it is not important. He said that the most important is about
the d-day of the elections will be respected, [which] is on November 29,"
said Ivorians want the electoral commission to strictly follow its schedules
ahead of the upcoming election.
wants the date of all the process to be respected … the ordinary people are
tired [and] they want people this time to respect the date," she said.
said reaction is mixed about government's assurances over the missed deadline.
think that there is no one point of view from the people. Some want to believe
what the government is saying. Some don't believe because you know the
opposition they don't want to believe … they all said that the entire process
must be respected," Coulibaly said.
said are expressing doubt the government is prepared to meet the deadline of
the upcoming election.
don't think so. You know since four years [when] the elections were to be held
in 2005. So since four years there is not a clear date there is always a
postponement. So we don't know so far, but we hope that this time the election
would be held," she said.
said Ivorians want to live in a country that is peaceful.
is tired of this situation. We want a normal situation [and] we want to live in
peace. So we want the election to be held to live in a normal country,"
said the controversy surrounding nationality requirement has been resolved.
agreement which has been done years ago they all can go and they all can be candidates
[and] be elected also," she said.
said there is growing anxiety over nationality.
in the northern part of the country, they had problems of nationality. The
names of these people in northern Ivory Coast are the same as those of Mali,
Guinea it is the same Mandingo people. So the problem of nationality is very
strong in this part," Coulibaly said.
said most people are anxiously waiting to seeing their names on the voter
register to ascertain those eligible to vote in the upcoming November 29