Cote d'Ivoire Candidates Agree on Voter List

Sept. 6, 2010, midnight

Presidential candidates in Cote d'Ivoire have agreed on a new voter registry for October’s election. Disagreements over voter eligibility have delayed the election, which is now scheduled for October 31. Supporters of President Laurent GBAGBO rejected earlier lists, which they claimed included ineligible voters, namely migrant workers from neighboring countries Burkina Faso and Mali. Opposition candidates argued that the objections were attempts to disenfranchise likely opposition supporters. All presidential candidates have agreed on the new list, which the electoral commission will publish by October 12. The presidential election has been delayed seven times in the past five years.

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