Ivory Coast's envoy to the United Nations says the country's long-delayed presidential elections will be held by December 6 at the latest.

Ilahiri Djedje made the announcement to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday.

He says the vote will be held between October 11 and December 6, adding that President Laurent Gbagbo will announce the date in the coming days.

He also says officials hope to complete voter registration by the middle of June.

Ivory Coast's elections were due in 2005 but have been pushed back repeatedly because of disagreements over who is eligible to vote.

The West African nation is still trying to recover from a 2002 civil war that split the country into a rebel-controlled north and government-run south.

The two sides set up a unity government following a peace deal in 2007.

 Some information for this report was provided by AP.