UN envoy calls for peaceful Ivory Coast elections

There has been tension in the country ahead of the 31 October polls (Reuters)

There has been tension in the country ahead of the Oct 31 polls

ABIDJAN, Sept 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The special UN envoy for West Africa has urged peaceful elections in Ivory Coast at the end of a week-long visit.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas met President Alassane Ouattara who is running for a third term after his preferred successor died.

President Ouattara’s candidacy has caused tension in the country and led to protests.

The elections are scheduled for Oct 31.

Chambas also met three of the president’s challengers, electoral body officials and civil society representatives.

He urged all actors to ensure a peaceful and inclusive election and respect human rights.

Ivory Coast’s main presidential election challenger, Henri Konan Bédié, called for a campaign of civil disobedience to stop the president from seeking a third term.

Several candidates including former President Laurent Gbagbo and former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro have been barred from running because of previous convictions.

At least 10 people have been killed since riots broke out last month after President Ouattara announced his candidacy. — NNN-AGENCIES