Campaign for local elections in Côte d'Ivoire is relatively peaceful: UN officialListen /
The campaign for Sunday's local elections in Côte d'Ivoire has been conducted relatively peacefully, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet.
Mr. Mulet on Tuesday reported to the Security Council on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and the work of the United Nations operation in the country (UNOCI).
He said Côte d'Ivoire has made progress since the 2010 post-electoral crisis and is now moving into a new phase of peace-building although it continues to face significant threats to its peace and security.
"Local elections will be held on Sunday 21 April. Preparations are under way with UNOCI providing limited support including to planning efforts of the Independent Electoral Commission as well as enhanced coordination with and limited logistical assistance to Ivorian security forces to ensure a peaceful conduct of the elections. The electoral campaign opened on 6 April and has been conducted relatively peacefully."(27")
Mr. Mulet said the two parties taking part in the elections issued statements calling on their candidates to respect the code of good conduct during the campaign period.
However, he added, candidates of the former ruling party chose not to participate in the elections in spite of efforts to encourage them to occupy their legitimate political space.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.