By decision of August 14, 2020, Mr. Seth Koko, President of L’ALTERNATIVE-CI, candidate for the presidential election of October 31, 2020 alerted national and international opinion to the anti-democratic practices of President Alassane OUATTARA.
This decision was served by the Commissioner of Justice at several institutions.
Despite this alert, President Alassane OUATTARA was nominated as a candidate for the next presidential election by the RHDP in violation of the Constitution and the health measures to fight COVID-19 still in force.
Still in his mistrust, he submitted his candidacy file on August 24 to the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).
Thus trampling on the constitutional provisions on the limitation of the number of mandates.
This way of doing politics shows that the President of the Republic is definitely a subscriber who is resistant to legality and conformity.
The President is not affected by the Constitution of the 3rd Republic.
He cannot therefore, after having completed his two terms of the 2nd Republic, find himself a candidate for the 3rd Republic in which the Constitution in articles 55 and 183 prohibits him from being a candidate for a 3rd term.
Note that following this risky decision, Ivorians who held peaceful marches for the respect of their fundamental law were severely repressed by the police. To this police was added according to Amnesty International an armed branch of young people close to the RHDP his party (delinquents commonly called microbes) who have brought mourning to the population.
In two weeks of demonstrations, we deplore nearly ten deaths, serious injuries, destruction of property have been observed in the country.
This way of managing the nation stands in stark contrast to democracy as defined by Abraham Lincoln. Moreover, the American diplomatic representation in Côte d’Ivoire reminded it in its press release of August 25, 2020 in these terms:
“Repression and intimidation have no place in democracy” end of quote.
Trample on the provisions of the Constitution in order to remain in power anyhow is akin to high treason and Stalinist totalitarianism.
From this observation, it is clearly established that if it is held, the electoral deadline of October 31, 2020 will be yet another opportunity to mourn Côte d’Ivoire.
THE ALTERNATIVE-CI cannot be associated with it.
Two months before the election, the pre-electoral climate is very tense and clouded by the outgoing President’s refusal to respect Articles 55 and 183 of our Constitution; treating the legalist opposition as fearful where the latter has only legality as a compass.
Faced with this situation which is today a source of instability which could lead to serious disturbances throughout the country in the days and months to come,
The political and citizen movement L’ALTERNATIVE-CI with its Leader Mr. Seth KOKO, candidate for the presidential election of October 2020, declares as of now the following:
1-Remains logical and coherent by not contributing to the next post-election crisis in the making.
2- Calls for the postponement of the presidential election in order to apply the recommendations of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and to organize a peaceful, inclusive, credible and fair election.
3- Recommends to the opposition parties not to participate in an election that they know has been lost in advance. Better, especially not to certify a candidacy to see an election of the outgoing president that they deem unconstitutional, unless they are in collusion.
4- Indicate to the International Community that if a Head of State, from the height of his eminence, holder of powers over the army, the legislature, the judiciary and the “Independent Electoral Commission” has violated the Constitution and has not respected his word given of March 5, 2020 as well as that given to his peers in the International Community, if the latter were to be a candidate, it is neither the Electoral Commission, nor the Constitutional Council which will be able to make him accept the result of his electoral defeat on October 31st.
5- Immediately suspends its participation in the presidential election of October 2020 until further notice.
6- Mandates its Leader to continue his consultative mission with ECOWAS, Ivorian political leaders in exile, then the International Community in order to seek solutions to this umpteenth crisis that President Alassane Ouattara is imposing on Côte d’Ivoire.
Done in Abidjan on August 29, 2020
Mr. Seth KOKO,
President of L’ALTERNATIVE-CI