Security Council Concerned by Postponement of 29 November Côte d’Ivoire Election; Urges Ivorian Actors to Hold Free, Fair Elections ‘at Earliest Possible Date’

8 December 2009
SC/9809

Security Council Concerned by Postponement of 29 November Côte d’Ivoire Election; Urges Ivorian Actors to Hold Free, Fair Elections ‘at Earliest Possible Date’

8 December 2009
Security Council
SC/9809
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

6234th Meeting (PM)

Security Council Concerned by Postponement of 29 November Côte d’Ivoire Election;

Urges Ivorian Actors to Hold Free, Fair Elections ‘at Earliest Possible Date’

Noting with concern the postponement of the first round of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, scheduled for 29 November, the Security Council today urged the Ivorian actors to address the remaining tasks and to hold open, free, fair and transparent presidential elections at the earliest possible date.

In a statement read by Council President Bedouma Alain Yoda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso, the Council noted that the Permanent Consultative Framework of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement considered that the postponement of the elections was due to technical and financial constraints and that the first round of the presidential elections would be organized by the end of February or beginning of March 2010.  It urged the Ivorian stakeholders to meet their commitments to support the elections and to facilitate that process without delay.

The Council also urged the Ivorian authorities to allow equitable access to public media, consistent with the Code of Good Conduct for Elections and reiterated its intention to react as appropriate towards those who would block the progress of the electoral process.  Recalling its intention to review the mandate and troop level of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by 31 January 2010, it reiterated its determination to bring its full support to a credible electoral process.

The meeting started at 3:20 p.m. and was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

Presidential Statement

The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2009/33 reads as follows:

“The Security Council notes with concern the postponement of the first round of the presidential election, scheduled for 29 November 2009 in the 18 May 2009 communiqué of the Permanent Consultative Framework of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, which was endorsed by all the main Ivorian political actors.

“The Security Council welcomes the positive steps taken by the Ivorian actors, in particular the publication of the provisional voters list and of the list of candidates.  It further welcomes the 3 December 2009 communiqué of the Permanent Consultative Framework.  It commends the Facilitator, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, for his continued efforts to support the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire.

“The Security Council takes note that the Permanent Consultative Framework considered, on the basis of a presentation by the Independent Electoral Commission, that the postponement of the elections was due to technical and financial constraints and that the first round of the Presidential elections would be organized by the end of February or the beginning of March 2010.  It urges the Ivorian actors to address the remaining tasks and to hold open, free, fair and transparent presidential elections in accordance with international standards at the earliest possible date.

“The Security Council notes again that the publication of a final voters list certified by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General is crucial for the holding of open, free, fair and transparent presidential elections.  It urges the Ivorian stakeholders to meet their commitments to support the elections and to facilitate this process without delay, in particular during the 38 day phase during which the provisional list can be challenged before independent local electoral commissions and courts.  It urges again the Ivorian authorities to allow equitable access to public media, consistent with the Code of Good Conduct for Elections.  It reiterates its intention to react as appropriate, consistent with its resolution 1880 (2009), towards those who would block the progress of the electoral process.

“The Security Council welcomes the signature by President Laurent Gbagbo on 17 November 2009 of several military rules and regulations, including seven decrees.  It urges the Ivorian parties to make further concrete progress, before and after the elections, to advance the reunification and disarmament processes.

“The Security Council recalls that it will review the mandate and the troop level of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by 31 January 2010.  It reiterates its determination to bring its full support to a credible electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire.  It requests the Secretary-General to provide to it, in the report referred to in its resolution 1880 (2009), options for the future direction of UNOCI, in particular in light of the publication of the final voters list and of a credible electoral time frame, including preliminary indications on timing, benchmarks and modalities for a possible drawdown of the operation.”

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