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Ivory Coast’s opposition parties call for election delay

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Opposition parties in Ivory Coast have asked the electoral body to postpone legislative elections due to be held on 6 March.

Presidential elections held last October were boycotted by the opposition as they were outraged that President Alassane Ouattara, who won the vote, was standing for a third term.

But the different parties want to participate in the parliamentary vote – and say in previous years they had more time to get ready.

The campaign season is due to start on 26 February and run until 4 March.

One official from former President Laurent Gbagbo’s party suggested that instead of postponing the election day, the deadline for the submission of candidates be extended.

However, the election commission president said that unless changes were approved through an official process, his institution was committed to following the dates as planned.


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