In Côte d’Ivoire, the Civil Society Consortium for Elections was launched earlier this week in Abidjan. It brings together six organisations, including the NGO Indigo and the Association of Women Lawyers. This consortium will observe the entire electoral process of the municipal and regional elections on September 2. A way for civil society to participate in the transparency and credibility of elections.
With our correspondent in Abidjan, Bineta Diagne
The first point of attention is the publication of the electoral list, which is currently being updated by the Independent Electoral Commission.
According to Drissa Soulamathe coordinator of WACSOF, the West African Civil Society Forum, the aim is to take a scientific look at this process : “ We will analyze to see people who are on the voters list, he said. Have we not registered people who do not have the right to be registered on the electoral list? Since to be able to vote in Côte d’Ivoire, you must be at least 18 years old. Aren’t there people aged 15 or 12 who are on the electoral list? We will also analyze the question of duplicates. Apart from that, we will also look at the participation of women, for example. We will also analyze it in the different constituencies and in the different departments. »
Election day observers
Observers will then be deployed inside the country to follow the period of litigation concerning the publication of the electoral list. On September 2, the day of the vote, they will observe the ballot in several cities of the country. “ We are therefore going to make the PVT, therefore, an observation which is based on a representative sample of polling stations on which data will go back to follow the levels of political participation, to follow the course of the ballot, precisely to give all the pledges that there has been a vote that is sincere and credible, and that reflects the liveliness of democracy in Côte d’Ivoire “, explains Doctor Séverin Kouamé, coordinator of the NGO Indigo.
This work also aims to encourage citizen participation in electoral events.
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