Ivory Coast Court Asks Election Body for Vote Papers

Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Court asked the electoral commission to hand over documents from the Nov. 28 presidential vote after the commission missed a deadline to proclaim results, the court’s president said today.

The court will look into complaints about the vote “before proclaiming the results,” court President Paul Yao N’Dre told reporters in Abidjan today. “We now have a legal timeframe of seven days,” he said. The election commission has said it will hold a press conference later today.

Both candidates claimed fraud and intimidation against their supporters on election day. An attack on an Abidjan office of opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara’s party late yesterday by unidentified gunmen left at least six people killed and 17 wounded, said Imbassou Ouattara, the secretary of the office, by phone today. Amnesty International condemned the shooting by a group it described as a “paramilitary force,” in a statement e- mailed by the London-based group.

The election, which saw Ouattara contest against incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, was meant as a key step in uniting the world’s top cocoa grower. The country has been divided since a military uprising in 2002 left a split between the rebel-held north and the south, which is controlled by the government.

Cocoa for December delivery rose $19 to $2,745 by 11:38 a.m. in New York today.

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