Ivory Coast behind schedule in vote preparation

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2010 6:32 AM
Ivory Coast behind schedule in vote preparation

Ivory Coast's electoral commission says it's behind schedule in preparing for Sunday's presidential election, but is confident the long-overdue vote will go forward.

The commission estimates only 45 percent of voter cards have been distributed outside the biggest city of Abidjan. Preparations have also been hampered by transport difficulties, a lack of trained electoral officers and allegations that the company hired to count the vote has ties to the president.

But commission president Youssouf Bakayoko says he is sure the vote will go ahead in the West African nation, which has been overdue for an election since 2005 when President Laurent Gbagbo's term ended.