African Court says Ivory Coast Ex-PM Soro should be allowed to contest vote

The court — established by members of the African Union in 2004 — issued a provisional ruling calling on Ivory Coast to “take all necessary measures to immediately remove all obstacles” preventing Soro from competing in the October 31 vote.

The court — established by members of the African Union in 2004 — issued a provisional ruling calling on Ivory Coast to “take all necessary measures to immediately remove all obstacles” preventing Soro from competing in the October 31 vote.

Former Ivorian rebel leader and ex-prime minister Guillaume Soro, who has been barred from contesting an upcoming presidential election, should be allowed to run, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights said Tuesday.

The court — established by members of the African Union in 2004 — issued a provisional ruling calling on Ivory Coast to “take all necessary measures to immediately remove all obstacles” preventing Soro from competing in the October 31 vote.

However, the ruling is likely to have limited impact, as Ivory Coast withdrew its recognition of the court’s jurisdiction in April this year.

Like US, British govt to slam visa ban, asset seizure on electoral offenders in Nigeria

Just 24 hours after the United States imposed a visa ban on alleged electoral offenders in the last governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, the United Kingdom on Tuesday threatened to take similar action against individuals who perpetrate violence during the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who disclosed this in a statement on the high commission’s Twitter handle, said her country would place restrictions on the individuals’ eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK-based assets, or prosecution under international law just as it did after the 2019 elections.

Laing said she had met with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the Edo State governorship election slated for Saturday.

READ ALSO: US slams visa ban on certain persons over 2019 Bayelsa, Kogi elections; forthcoming Edo, Ondo elections

The statement read: “The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and just as we did in the general election in 2019, we will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during elections.

“This could include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK-based assets or prosecution under international law.”

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