Electoral commission starts its work in Cote d'Ivoire

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Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane (left) during her visit to the hospital in Korhogo, Côte d'Ivoire. UN Photo/Basile Zoma

An independent electoral commission has started its work to prepare for elections scheduled for October in Côte d'Ivoire.

That's what Aïchatou Mindaoudou, the head of the UN Operation in the country (UNOCI) said during her briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday.

She said that during the past six months Côte d'Ivoire has continued to make important progress towards sustainable peace and economic recovery.

Political dialogue between the government and the former ruling party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), which had stalled since May, resumed at the end of December, Ms Mindaoudou added.

"The Government committed to find concrete solutions to all concerns raised by the FPI.  A new Independent Electoral Commission comprised of 17 commissioners, four of  whom are women, was inaugurated on 11 August. The Commission, with the participation of the opposition, has initiated its work and is moving forward on implementing its mandate". (28")

The head of UNOCI said that with presidential elections on the horizon, political positioning and pre-campaign activities have begun.

She pointed out that so far, eight personalities across the political spectrum have announced their intention to run for the presidency next October.

Stephanie Castro, United nations.

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