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UN Certifies Ivory Coast Election Voter List

Choi Youn-jin of South Korea, the United Nation's envoy to Ivory Coast, speaks in Abidjan, 24 Sep 2010, during a press conference where he certified the final electoral list ahead of the of October 31 presidential elections

The United Nations has certified the list of registered voters in the Ivory Coast ahead of next month's presidential elections.

On Friday, U.N. representative Choi Youn-jin called the voter list "fair, solid and balanced".

The Ivory Coast presidential election is set for October 31.

The election has been postponed multiple times during the past five years due in part to disputes about the nationality of names listed on the official voters' list.

The civil war that has spilt the country for most of the decade centers around land reform and grounds for citizenship, in a nation of migrant workers helping the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.