Cote d’Ivoire

    Cote d'Ivoire's independent electoral commission has handed over a provisional voters' list to the top UN envoy there, a step forward towards holding the much-delayed presidential poll in the West African country, split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north. But UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative Young-Jin Choi warned that important steps remained to be taken. The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, are now planned for Nov. 29 after repeated postponements, but UN officials have voiced concern at possible further setbacks. Choi called for accelerating the remaining technical steps, such as the printing and distribution of national identity and voter cards. (UN News Service)

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