The spokesperson of the Ivorian government, Sidi Touré, on Wednesday invited the candidates selected or not in the presidential election of October 31, 2020 to promote peace, tolerance and non-violence, ”during a press conference in Abidjan.Mr. Sidi Touré called in particular “all political actors and especially the various candidates selected or not by the Constitutional Council to promote peace, tolerance and non-violence”.
According to him, a “climate of peace must prevail because we have only one Côte d’Ivoire and political responsibility should allow to preserve the essential which is peace so that development can continue”.
The spokesperson for the Ivorian government made, during this press conference, the point of the social program of the government (PsGouv) in the first half of 2020, which he considered “satisfactory” despite the strongly marked news by the electoral context and the Covid-19.
For the year 2020, the “Education” component of the PSGouv includes two major projects, namely the acquisition and distribution of 225,000 table-benches, the procurement of which is underway and the start of construction and construction. equipping 95 local colleges, said Touré.
The construction of these local colleges takes place under the Debt Reduction and Development Contract (C2D), for which contracts have already been signed for 78 colleges, he said, before adding that work has even started.
In addition, he will say, school canteens were supplied, through the distribution of 1,401.5 tons of food in 613 school canteens and 1,500 tons of food in favor of 134,527 students. in seven regions (Bafing, Bagoué, Bounkani, Cavally, Gontougo, Poro, Tchologo).
Regarding rural electrification, Mr. Sidi Touré noted that 411 localities were electrified in the first half of 2020, bringing to 1,330, the total number of localities electrified from January 2019 to the end of June 2020.
Despite the Covid-19, the national coverage rate rose from 69% at the end of 2019 to 73.6% at the end of June 2020, he observed, while it was 33% in 2011.
Regarding the social tariff, the total number of customers who benefited from the social tariff from January 2019 to the end of June 2020 stood at 1,214,354, of which 205,501 were customers for the first half of 2020. The beneficiaries achieved 6.645 billion euros. savings from January 2019 to the end of June 2020, including 2.745 billion in the first half of 2020.
On the issue of Universal Health Coverage (CMU), which entered its active phase on October 1, 2019, there were 2,421,338 people enrolled cumulatively at the end of June 2020, including 555,729 in the first half of 2020, for a total number beneficiaries of 2,979,469.
Then, 1,781,494 cards have been produced since the active phase of the CMU, including the production of 232,672 cards in the first half of 2020. The beneficiaries of the services are 102,231 people within the framework of 174,165 consultations carried out in October 2019 at the end of June 2020, including 79,063 in the first half of 2020. The overall availability rate of drugs is 85%.
As for the productive social safety nets program, the Ivorian government spokesperson mentioned that it made it possible to support 127,000 households in 2019, distributed in 21 regions and 1,547 villages, through cash transfers of 144,000 CFA francs per year.
He recalled that the initial target of 35,000 households in 2018 was raised to 50,000 from the second quarter of 2019 and reached 127,000 households at the end of December 2019, spread across 1,534 villages and 21 regions.
Arrangements are underway to support 100,000 new households for beneficiaries, reaching 227,000 households in 2020, taking into account the regions of the country not yet covered, during the last quarter of 2020, a- he expected.
Ivorians are called to the polls on October 31, 2020 to elect the new president. The Constitutional Council, electoral judge, selected four candidates for these electoral contests, in particular Mr. Alassane Ouattara, Affi Nguessan, Kouadio Konan Bertin (KKB) and Henri Konan Bédié.
Elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, the opposition believes that Mr. Ouattara cannot serve a “third consecutive term”. However, the Constitutional Council ruled that the 2016 Constitution consecrates the 3rd Republic and gives the right to his first term in this Republic.
Figures in the political arena such as Laurent Gbagbo, Guillaume Soro, Mabri Toikeusse, Mamadou Koulibaly, Gnamien Konan, Marcel Amon-Tanoh, have been rejected because they did not meet the requirements of the Electoral Code.