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Managing elections within a context of diversity
Date: 1 - 3 September 2015
Time: 09h00 - 18h00
Venue: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The workshop focused on participatory democracy and the respect of human rights in the Ivorian electoral context. By exploring the notion of Ivoirité – what it means to be Ivorian, which formed the basis of conflict in the previous elections – participants and facilitators highlighted practical steps for ensuring all factions of society participate in the electoral process.

Participants argued that political parties and the Independent Electoral Commission should focus on promoting ethical decision making, strengthening internal accountability for misconduct and promoting public participation from in and outside the country.

The training workshop was chaired by Edouard Yao, head of Action Internationale de Développement Intégral and coordinator of the Réseau de Promotion de la Diversité et la Paix en Côte d’Ivoire.

Speakers were:

  • Eric-Aimé Semien, Président, Observatoire Ivoirien des Droits de l’Homme
  • Salomon Bayoro, Préfet
  • Dr Gustave Aboua, Enseignant-chercheur, Université Nandjui Abrogoua
  • Michèle Pepe, Présidente, Réseau des Journalistes pour la Paix et la Sécurité
  • Pauline Yao, Présidente, Femmes Côte d’Ivoire Expérience
  • Zio Moussa, Président, Observatoire de la Liberté de la Presse, de l’Ethique et de la Déontologie
  • Mauriac Gnoka, ACPST Alumnus
  • Dominique Kouame, ACPST Alumna
This training was made possible with funding from the Government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Côte d’Ivoire
Golda Keng Ajode
Acting Head ACPST
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