After eighteen years of independence, the Ivory Coast is reorganising it's administration with the aim of better governing its growing population.
After eighteen years of independence, the Ivory Coast is reorganising it's administration with the aim of better governing its growing population. The government run by the sole political party, the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast (PDCI) and led by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, has divided the country in to twenty-five districts it calls communes. Each one will be headed by a mayor.
SYNOPSIS: The plan was for each commune to produce one candidate to stand' time. But five of the communes could not decided on a candidate and so on sunday (10 September primaries were held in the districts. In Abobo-gare, a suburb of Abidjan,there were three candidates.
The Secretary-General of the Democratic Party, Mr. Philippe Yace, travelled the country to explain the reorganisation of the administration to the people.
The primaries, this one in the village of Dabou, were organised by members of the Party.
The Ivory Coast has about 70 different ethnic minority groups, and the government says they find stability and unity in representation by the PDCI. With the division of the country into communes, the government believes local needs can be more effectively met by the main administrative centre in Abidjan. there were unconfirmed reports of voting irregularities in one of the communes, but for the most part the primaries went smoothly.