ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast's constitutional council has validated 10 candidates for a presidential election scheduled for Oct. 25.
The president of the Constitutional Council Mamadou Kone read the list of candidates Wednesday that included President Alassane Ouattara, and former Prime Ministers Pascal Affi N'Guessan and Charles Konan Banny. Two women are also on the list, former minister Henriette Lagou and Jacqueline Kouangoua.
The council rejected 23 applications from the provisional list of 33 candidates for incomplete filing or missing the deposit of 20 million CFA ($34,000).
The campaign for 2015 elections opens on Oct. 9 and will last for 15 days.
Ouattara has a proven economic record and is favored for helping to stabilize the West African country after postelection violence killed more than 3,000 people in 2011.