Abidjan - The party of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara
on Wednesday voiced concern over growing political tension ahead of local polls
meant to cement post-conflict stabilisation.
Ouattara's Rally of Republicans (RDR) deplored "a surge
in tension among the candidates' campaign teams" ahead of Sunday's local
polls following a string of skirmishes across the western African country.
"Our wish is for this campaign to be civilised,
peaceful and for the elections to be held free of violence," the party's
spokesperson Joel N'Guessan said in a statement.
The latest incidents have often pitted RDR supporters
against those of former president Henri Konan Bedie's PDCI, which belongs to
Ouattara's ruling coalition.
The polls are boycotted by the party of Laurent Gbagbo, the
former strongman who now awaits trial at the International Criminal Court in
The Hague over violence sparked by his refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara in
Sunday's polls are seen as a key test of Ivory Coast's
stability, two years after Gbagbo's arrest marked the end of a six-month
post-election crisis that left around 3 000 people dead.
Ouattara says his government has rekindled the economy - the
world's top cocoa producer recorded growth of 9.8% in 2012 - and insists he is
open to dialogue with his former foes.
Gbagbo's camp however charges that Ouattara's administration
has been imposing victor's justice despite widespread evidence that his own
supporters committed crimes too during the post-poll chaos.
The United States on Wednesday warned against impunity in
former French colony, once the region's success story.
"All individuals who are responsible for serious crimes
should face justice," US Ambassador in Abidjan Phillip Carter III said in
the capital Yamoussoukro.
"Human rights violations were committed by both sides
involved in the conflict... National reconciliation hinges on progress
towards... impartial justice," he said.