OUAGADOUGOU, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's rival parties went to Burkina Faso on Thursday to meet mediator President Blaise Compaore on a solution to the voter list controversy.
The political climate in Cote d'Ivoire has deteriorated amid a spat over the alleged "fraud" of the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), Robert Beugre Mambe. The presidential camp has been calling for his resignation for fraudulently putting names to the electoral list in favor of the ex-rebel New Forces.
The presidential camp headed by Pascal Affi N'Guessan of the ruling Ivorian Popular Front did not make any comments after their meeting with Compaore.
The delegation of the Assembly of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace, the coalition of parties opposed to Cote d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo Gbagbo, led by its president Alphonse Djedje Mady declared that the allegations from the presidential camp were just excuses to block the electoral process which was in progress.
"It's important that Ivorians, especially the political actors, regain their consciousness in order to move toward ending the crisis, without being so defensive and seeking for excuses. We do not think that the resignation of Mambe will be a solution to the problem," Mady said.
The CEI president was the last to meet with the facilitator. Emerging from the meeting, he said was elected to perform a job entrusted in him and that he will do that in respect of all mechanisms that have been established.
"Come whatever may, I will not resign," Mambe reiterated while expressing optimism that a solution will be found to this problem.
"You understand that we have come from far away. Cote d'lvoire had a big identity problem. We have come at a point where more than 7,300,000 people have the clear prospects of getting an identity card," Mambe said.
He said hid body is in the process of solving 1,033,000 electoral disputes and that it has covered close to 95 percent of the operation.