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Ivory Coast: new electoral commission, a bill passed

The Ivorian government has passed a bill for the establishment of a new Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2020 presidential election, a text whose preparatory work has been boycotting the opposition.  The new CIS must have 15 members, against 17 previously: a representative of the President of the Republic, one of the Minister of the Interior, six of the civil society, six of the political parties - equitably divided between the power and the opposition, and a representative of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary.  "The present project (...) brings a better balance in the composition of the organs of the central commission, the office and the local commissions," the government said in a statement.  The Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI), the party of former President Henri Konan Bédié, the two tendencies of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) of former President Laurent Gbagbo, the coalition of opposition parties (Together for Democracy and Sovereignty-EDS) and civil society have been calling for a reform of this electoral commission for years.  In a ruling handed down in 2016, the African Court of Human Rights also asked the Ivorian government to reform it.

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