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Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo’s name removed from provisional electoral list

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The name of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has been removed from the provisional electoral list given to political parties by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) in view of the presidential election of October 31, 2020.

His personal lawyer, Me Habiba Touré, announced this in a statement released Friday, 31 July 2020 from Paris.

Gbagbo has “always appeared on the electoral list, as the screenshot of the CEI’s online site attests”, but at the end of the revision of the electoral list he “saw his name quite simply withdrawn from the list provisional electoral campaign given to political parties by the CEI, ”said Habiba Touré.

“We call on the CEI, which wants to be independent, to really play its role, and not to engage in political maneuvers”, launches the personal lawyer of Mr. Gbagbo, currently on conditional release in Brussels after his acquittal by the ICC in the Ivorian post-electoral violence of 2010-2011.

The former head of state who wishes to return to his country, submitted to the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire in Brussels a request, by moving there, to request the issuance of an ordinary passport and a pass, observed his lawyer.

Pending the delivery of his  passport,  Gbagbo “welcomed”  the response of the Spokesperson for the Ivorian government who indicated at the end of the recent Council of Ministers that his “file would be processed”.

However, “it was with amazement that Mr. Laurent Gbagbo  learned that instead of issuing his passport, he was deprived of the right to vote,” continued Me Habiba Touré.

“We hope that this omission is an error, which will be immediately corrected and that Mr. Laurent Gbagbo will be restored to his rights.”

For his Council, “just as the issuance of an ordinary passport is a right; the right to vote is an equally essential right attached to the person of every citizen”.

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