Cote d’Ivoire: Row erupts over ID cards in new blow to peace

Published: 11/Aug/2006

ABIDJAN, 11 August 2006 (IRIN) –

A dispute this week over plans to hand out ID cards to millions of undocumented residents of war-divided Cote d’Ivoire threatens to further disrupt the country’s faltering peace process. With more than one out of five Ivorians without identification papers, a nationwide scheme is currently underway to determine who among Cote d’Ivoire’s 16 million people has Ivorian nationality and thus voting privileges in peace-sealing elections that have been scheduled for 31 October.

Link to IRIN website.

Themes: Identity Documents, ID Documents and Passports, Nationality and Elections, Voter Registration
Regions: West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Year: 2006