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Cote d'Ivoire electoral commission says October favorable for presidential vote

08-05-2010 17:20 BJT

ABIDJAN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) says October is the "favorable period" for the holding of the West African country's long-delayed presidential vote.

"The CEI has, with full responsibility, taken the month of October 2010 as being the favorable period for the organization of the presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire," the commission said in a communique released on Wednesday.

It also admitted that "certain conditions" still need to be followed by the government and technical operators "for the effective respect of this period."

Analysts believe the question of disarmament of ex-combatants and the state authority throughout the national territory is at the core of the reunification of Cote d'Ivoire considering the organization of the elections.

The country ends its operation to file complaints about the voter list this week to pave the way for the final publication in the run-up to the polls. There is an estimated 5.7 million voters put on the list for verification.

The publication of the voter list was the latest issue in a series to postpone the country's long-awaited elections since 2005.

The dispute around its genuineness derailed the election process months ago, with many complaining about names wrongly put on the list. Critics said foreigners were registered in favor of certain political groups.

The dispute resulted in the dissolution of the government and the CEI in February. After a new government was formed and a new CEI chief named, the process resumed for the elections to end the country's crisis.

Cote d'Ivoire plunged into war following an attempted coup by the New Forces (FN) in 2002. The country has been divided ever since with the government controlling the south and the FN holding the north, although the civil war lasted only one year. The country was expected to hold its first post-war election on 2005, but failed to do so amid differences over disarmament and reunification.

The country last put off the vote in the early half of the year after postponing it in November 2009.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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