UN expert calls for broad consultation on reform of Côte d'Ivoire's electoral body

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UN Independent Expert on Human Rights, Doudou Diène (centre), on a visit to Côte d'Ivoire in November 2011. UN Photo/Basile Zoma

The authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have been urged to undertake broad consultations on reforming the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The call was made by the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène as the West African country prepares for next year's presidential elections.

It follows the recent adoption by the Government of a bill on the IEC's composition, organization, powers and functioning.

The move by the government came in response to a specific recommendation made by the expert in his reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

Mr. Diène said the bill on the reform of the Commission "should be submitted to broad and open consultations with all the political actors and civil society representatives".

He stressed that the 2015 elections "should be conducted in a democratic and consensual framework" and that they "should constitute the ultimate test of a sustainable democratic reconstruction and deep reconciliation".

The presidential election in 2010 resulted in a political crisis which ended with the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo who had refused to concede defeat.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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