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Statement by Pascal Affi N’Guessan after his meeting with the joint mission of the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS
Meeting of Pascal Affi N`Guessan with the joint mission of the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS
The joint mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) had a working session with the president of the Popular Front Ivorian, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and his delegation, this Tuesday, October 6, at its headquarters in Cocody, to discuss the conditions for organizing transparent, credible and inclusive elections.
At the end of it, the president of the Fpi spoke on the content of the exchanges he had with the mission:
“We shared with the mission of ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations, our concerns about the holding of the current presidential election, while no conditions are met for do it. We welcomed their presence, because the community has realized the risks involved in this election. We therefore reiterated our proposals. First, so that the Independent Electoral Commission (Cei) is reformed, so that the Constitutional Council also has at its head an authority that inspires confidence, which can reassure us as to the effective proclamation of the results from the ballot box, and that everything is implemented so that, at both local and central level, the opposition is properly represented and that these upcoming elections are held in peace and stability.
Consequently, given the time that remains to us, we must necessarily postpone the elections so that we can engage in a national dialogue on all these questions and that we find the necessary compromises so that our compatriots who must go and vote, go there in peace, in peace, in stability and be convinced, be assured that it will be the real winner of the election who will be elected president of the republic on the date which would have been agreed.
We have to go to the elections. Therefore, the proposals must be taken into account. This is our fight. We don’t have another assumption. For us, the upcoming elections must be held with all the candidates, with all the stakeholders. Because that’s what is in the best interests of the Ivory Coast. It is not about having truncated elections that will lead to violence, which will lead to the election of someone who is not legitimate, who is not the choice of the vast majority of Ivorians. So for peace, for the stability of the country, for us to be able to break with these thirty years of political violence, this year we must give ourselves the time and the means for genuinely transparent and peaceful elections.
We welcomed the presence of the mission. I think that the involvement of ECOWAS and the AU means that the African community, and beyond the international community, has become aware of the threats hanging over Côte d’Ivoire, the risks of clashes that can be the result of poorly organized elections. We are convinced that the authorities who today constitute the obstacle to the holding of good elections will understand this message, these risks, and will take the measures so that we meet, so that we discuss and that we guarantee elections. appeased, that no party wants to manipulate the institutions responsible for elections, that each actor goes to this competition, not by counting on the Cei or the constitutional council to be elected, but, by counting on his political project and his message to voters. And therefore on the confidence that Ivorians can give him.
In the event that we focus on the elections, three months (for the postponement, Editor’s note). In the other scenario where we want to totally rebuild, and this is what we told the mission, that our preference would have been that today we open a transition of at least twelve months, to put everything right. Because, for these thirty years, we have been living in situations of violence. The country needs refounding. So we can do it, but this is a political project. If we do not want this transition, then we need to guarantee truly transparent elections. And in this case, we have to give ourselves three months. “

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