Referendum commission set up

Cote d'Ivoire's government decided at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday to create a commission in charge of a constitutional referendum to be held this year, according to a report on the meeting, carried by state-owned 'Fraternite Matin' and other local newspapers.

The commission will oversee the revision of electoral lists and the printing and distribution of voter registration cards. It will also supervise the ballot count and announce the results.

The 16-member commission will be headed by a Honore Guie, a law professor at the local university. Its members will include one representative from the seven main political parties, the national office of technical and development studies, the ministries of economy and finance, budget, and the
interior and four non-governmental organisations.

The transitional government has promised to hold presidential, legislative and municipal elections before 31 October.

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