Oct. 7, 2009, midnight
Election authorities this week delivered a provisional voter roll to President Laurent GBAGBO, reducing concerns among political actors and the international community that November 29's transitional election would again be postponed. The government has pushed back internationally mandated elections each autumn since 2005. United Nations officials last week criticized Ivorien leaders for delays in compiling the roll, which has been a source of contention between former parties to a civil war ending in 2003. While GBAGBO'S term officially ended in 2005, he has continued in office since then. Last week he told reporters that the election would go forward as planned, but he did not repeat this claim when accepting the list. GBAGBO on Wednesday announced his campaign for re-election.