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Ouattara’s party urges opposition to put politics out of ongoing population census

ABIDJAN – The Rally for Republicans (RDR) party of Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara, has urged opposition political parties to put politics aside from the ongoing population census in the country.

The party’s Spokesman, Mr Joel N’guessan, said in a statement in Abidjan on Wednesday that it was unfair for politicians to kick against the exercise for political reasons.

He said that results generated from population and housing census remained indices for development planning.

“Those who oppose the exercise are simply not interested in the development of the country; they are against the socio-economic development of the country,’’ he said.

The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) Party of President Laurent Gbagbo, had called for a boycott of the exercise describing it as “political and hasty’’.

The FPI said it was unfair for the government to conduct a population census when a large number of its members were in exile.

Only recently, the government declared that it was punishable under the law to incite the citizenry to boycott population census.

According to government’s Spokesman, Bruno Kone, “such act is tantamount to disruption of public peace, punishable under the country’s laws’’.

The post-election conflict that engulfed Cote d’Ivoire left it politically divided, making opposition parties to fault almost every action of the government. (NAN)

Cote d’Ivoire’s population is currently estimated at 23 million.

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