Politics: According to Ms. Marie

After the new composition of the members of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), the opposition party Nouvel Ivoirien Nouvelle Côte d’Ivoire is indignant at this reform. During a lively press briefing on November 10 at the restaurant La nouvelle Gorge d’Or in Marcory Zone 3, Mrs. Marie-Carine Bladi, its president, believes that the current CEI is still a source of tension as during past elections. . We reproduce in extenso the declaration of the NICIN.

“Ladies and gentlemen, dear partners and friends of the media.

It is with real pleasure that I meet you again today. I would like to thank you very much for having responded to this new meeting of the traditional monthly Press Point that we make it our duty to announce each month in relation to the progress of our beautiful country in order to give national and international opinion the official position of our party, the NICIN.

I would also like to salute the team of the Cabinet international de Communication which has supported us since the launch of our activities. Special mention to supporters, activists, members of the General Secretariat, as well as national and international advisers and partners whose confidence, constant support and wise advice have always been a source of motivation for us.

Dear guests, dear partners and friends of the media,

On January 15, 1962, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the founding father of the Ivorian Nation, said this to the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire, and I quote: “In this Côte d’Ivoire where the conscience of responsibility from generation to generation, pride dictates that each of us leaves, to the future generation, more than he has received”. End of quote.

Today more than yesterday, some 2 years from the next presidential elections and as a prelude to the municipal election of 2023, the New Ivorian-Côte d’Ivoire Nouvelle (NICIN), believes that it is time for us to stop to look at what we have received from our Fathers and meditate on what we do with it.

In this dynamic enshrined in the New Social Contract that we have been offering to Ivorians since 2018, NICIN believes that the question of the composition of the Independent Electoral Commission arises and imposes itself as a prerequisite to be settled. Better, an emergency of lasting peace to be satisfied now.

Dear guests, dear partners and friends of the media,

Today, like yesterday, all the analyzes lead us to recall and reaffirm that the question of the IEC cannot be limited solely to the recomposition of the Commission. Rather, it is the whole institutional environment of elections. That is to say the entire legal and institutional framework, namely: arbitration, regulation and litigation management bodies; ie the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, the Arbitration Bodies, the electoral list, the electoral cartography and the electoral code.

As long as these issues are not analyzed and debated together, it cannot be said that the opposition is really involved in the various elections in Côte d’Ivoire. We will always be in parodies of elections with winners known in advance who taunt the losers known in advance.

Remember: in 2019, the government asked the opposition parties to each make their own proposals and send them to it. Where are we with this process? What is the content of these proposals? Which opposition parties took part? What do Ivorians really know? So many questions that we ask ourselves just like the majority of Ivorians, especially since we have not been approached or associated with this process.

Be that as it may, today as yesterday, the evidence is there: the question of the CEI is still topical and still calls for a broad national debate, with all the living forces of the nation, so that the decisions resulting finals meet the aspirations of the entire nation. It is, in our opinion, a necessity and an emergency for lasting peace to prevent and avoid the scenes of desolation and sadness that we have witnessed after each election for 20 years. Because, beyond the CEI, it is the whole electoral process that must be reformed. That is to say the electoral list, the electoral code, the electoral division, the composition of the IEC and above all the administrative, political and legal articulation of the local IECs.

Dear guests, dear partners and friends of the media,

For 10 years, the reform of the CEI has been at the heart of the Ivorian political debate on the eve of the elections. The opposition had even made it a prerequisite for its participation in the 2020 presidential election. unbalanced in favor of the power in place. And the same causes always producing the same effects, we all know the atmosphere that is served to us before and after each election under these conditions.

And yet. This is an observation shared even by the African Court of Human Rights which had been seized by a civil society organization. In 2016, the Court ordered the Ivorian authorities to reform the Electoral Commission.

On March 28, 2019, as part of the 2nd phase of the dialogue process on the reform of the CIS, the government appreciated the contribution of Civil Society Organizations and invited all actors to engage in a constructive dialogue.

But still today, like yesterday, where are we with this famous constructive dialogue? Where are we with these consultations that we had hoped for marked by a common desire to achieve a composition of the IEC accepted by all?

At NICIN, even today, like yesterday, the question of the CEI remains at the very heart of the Ivorian electoral process. It is high time to approach it with lucidity, courage and without passion.

Today, like yesterday, it is up to the power in place to ensure that the review of the composition of the IEC is an opportunity for a confrontation of ideas and technical points of view. Otherwise, settling into delay will only expose us for a long time to come to post-electoral excesses that some are beginning to classify under the unflattering term of “Ivorian fatality”.

Even today, like yesterday, some 2 years from the Presidential and on the edge of the Municipal elections, it is time to dare to ask the right and real questions: where are we really with the process started since 2019? What should we learn from this process, which was also supposed to be an opportunity for everyone to assert their desire to definitively end the electoral violence, which results more from political disputes than from the failure of the electoral system?

Today, like yesterday, for NICIN, in the name of the urgent need for peace, the concerns that should be the subject of in-depth discussions deserve to be addressed now. With clear cut answers for everyone. Namely: the composition of the central commission, the representation of civil society, the composition of the office, the method of appointing members, the issue of local commissions, etc.

Dear guests, dear partners and friends of the media,

By coming before you today to give NICIN’s position on the general environment of the electoral process which opens with the revision of the electoral list announced from November 19 to December 10, our objective is to perpetuate the partnership established with the media on the one hand. And on the other hand, to respect our duty of reaction, information, communication and sensitization for the stability and the peace of our Nation which needs to find itself.

Yes ! In our march of the New Ivorian for a New Côte d’Ivoire, all our actions carry a single and unique aspiration: the Ivorians need to find themselves. We need to meet! Ivorians need to find themselves! We need to meet! Long live the Republic, Long live the Ivory Coast, May God bless our dear homeland, Thank you.”

Politics: According to Ms. Marie-Carine Bladi, President of NICIN, the issue of the CEI calls for a broad national debate (Statement) – Abidjan.net News