Cote d'Ivoire PM vows to secure Oct. 31 presidential elections

16:39, October 18, 2010      

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Prime Minister of Cote d'Ivoire Guilllaume Soro reassured on Sunday that the government would take all the measures to secure the presidential elections set for Oct. 31.

The population could be sure that there will be no disorder or trouble in polling stations during the polls, he promised.

Soro, apparently full of optimism about security, invited people to go to the vote.

"The security and defense officers presented me a plan of security, and I am reassured that there will be no disturbance," he said.

The prime minister said campaigns of communication were being conducted for an election without violence.

"I asked the leaders of the religious organizations, the women and the other actors of the civil society to act in the sense of peace and the social cohesion," he affirmed.

"We have a historic opportunity to go to a transparent and democratic election. It is the occasion for the people of Cote d'Ivoire to surprise positively the whole world by a perfect organization of the ballot," Soro said.

Cote d'Ivoire is heading for the vote which has been postponed at least six times.

A total of 8,000 soldiers from governmental forces and former rebellion soldiers are in charge of the security during the elections involving 14 candidates.

The election campaign, which was launched without much fervor on Saturday, has been going on peacefully.

Source: Xinhua


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