African court requests that Gbagbo be added to the electoral roll of Costa I
The former president’s candidacy was rejected by the Côte d’Ivoire Constitutional Council on the grounds that a court in Côte d’Ivoire handed him a 20-year prison sentence last November.
The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights has said that Côte d’Ivoire should allow former President Laurent Gbagbo, who was barred from running in the October presidential elections, to participate in the high-risk elections.
The court, based in Arusha, Tanzania, on Friday called on the Ivory Coast to “take all necessary measures to immediately remove all obstacles” that prevent Gbagbo from being added to the electoral roll.
Côte d’Ivoire withdrew its recognition from the court’s jurisdiction in April this year.
Gbagbo, who was president from 2000 to 2010, is not on the updated electoral roll this year, so he cannot vote or be a candidate in the elections.
The 75-year-old man was conditionally released by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague after being acquitted in January 2019 of crimes against humanity. He lives in Brussels awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the ICC ruling.
His candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Council of Côte d’Ivoire on the grounds that a court in Côte d’Ivoire imposed a 20-year prison sentence on him last November for looting the local branch of the Central Bank of African States. Occidental during the crisis that hit the country. in 2010. Gbagbo then refused to resign after the electoral commission declared incumbent President Alassane Ouattara the winner of a delayed election.