Ivory Coast: EU "does not require any format" for new Independent Electoral Commission (Diplomate)

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Posted on 24.01.2019 at 20h18 by APA News

The European Union (EU) does not require any format for the new Independent Electoral Commission (IEC, electoral body) to be set up in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of the political dialogue initiated by the government with the forces of the nation On Thursday in Abidjan, Jobst Von Kirchmann, EU Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire. The European diplomat responded to press concerns after a "high-level meeting" between the EU and the Ivorian government marking the official revival of the political dialogue between the two parties.

"We have seen with satisfaction that the government launched the consultation process last Monday. As far as we are concerned, we do not require any format for the IEC to put in place, "said Jobst emphasizing that" but, we would like, that the actors manage to put in place a system that is acceptable and that inspires confidence.

Invited, moreover, to appreciate the tense political climate in recent months in the country, in particular, the quarrel between President Alassane Ouattara and the President of the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), Henri Konan Bédié, the Ambassador of the EU declined to comment.

"I can not comment on political tensions within the country," he said, adding that "in all democracies, there are discussions. But, it's not my responsibility. According to him, "the legitimate interest" of the EU is to see more investment and economic growth in Côte d'Ivoire.

"There are many people who want to invest in Côte d'Ivoire. They ask the question if they can do it. We, as ambassador, we say yes, invest in this country, "said the diplomat.

On the instructions of the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, began Monday, a political dialogue with the forces of the nation for the reform of the CIS, the body responsible for the organization of elections in the country.

Since then Mr. Coulibaly met, successively, the opposition political parties and the civil society to which he gave two weeks to elaborate their respective contributions concerning the re-examination of this electoral institution which crystallized the political debate in the country these last months.

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