The chairman of Cote d’Ivoire Popular Front (FPI, opposition), Pascal Affi N’Guessan, said on Sunday he was confident the country will hold peaceful elections.
“We should not fear to go and vote because we have made efforts to avoid unnecessary quarrels. This will help to prevent chaos,” N’Guessan said during his tour of the country’s central region of Didievi.
The FPI chairman urged Cote d’Ivoire people to maintain peace by rejecting “propagators of war.”
“For the sake of peace, we should listen to each other so that our prisoners can be released, our brothers in exile can return to the country and our frozen accounts can be unfrozen,” he pleaded.
He said the presidential elections in October 2015 will be an opportunity for Cote d’Ivoire nationals who aspire for meaningful change.
“We have no choice of boycotting these elections because Cote d’Ivoire is awaiting for our involvement,” N’Guessan said, reiterating his candidature in the forthcoming elections.
He said majority of Cote d’Ivoire people are thirsty for change and the opposition should respond to this aspiration.
Despite the announcement by N’Guessan that he will contest during the forthcoming elections, some FPI members have insisted that the party will not participate in the elections if its founder, former president Laurent Gbagbo, is still imprisoned at International Criminal Court in the Hague over crimes against humanity charges committed during the 2010-2011 post-election violence. Enditem