Ivorians voted on Saturday in a presidential election marked by incidents, especially in some opposition strongholds. The count is underway…

Côte d’Ivoire

Presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire: pending results

Ivorians voted on Saturday in a presidential election marked by incidents, especially in some opposition strongholds. The count is underway and the participation rate...

For the opposition, there was no election on Saturday, October 31, in Côte d'Ivoire. 

On the side of the presidential party, we are delighted, on the contrary, with the conduct of the electoral day. 

"We have our first victory. The presidential election has been held," said Adama Bictogo, an RHDP executive.

Ivorians waiting 

While the count ends this Sunday morning in most polling stations and the results are sent to the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), the record of violence in Abidjan, in the center-east and the center-west of the country remains difficult to measure. 

However, the opposition as the power spoke of "deaths".

In Abidjan, the France 24 team observed that calm reigns in the streets of the Ivorian capital. 

"Convenience stores are closed which is unusual on a Sunday, but people have refueled, when they have not returned to their village, worried that the scenario of the post-election crisis of 2010 could play out again", notes Meriem Amellal. 

This crisis had caused 3,000 deaths following President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to recognize his defeat against Alassane Ouattara.

The clash between government and opposition continues

The 7.5 million voters (out of 25 million inhabitants) had the choice between four candidates: Mr. Ouattara, 78, ex-president Henri Konan Bédié, 86, leader of the main opposition party, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, 67, former Prime Minister of Laurent Gbagbo and outsider Kouadio Konan Bertin, 51, independent.

The outgoing president, who is aiming for a victory in the first round, criticized the opposition and encouraged Ivorians to cast their vote. 

"I appeal to those who launched a slogan of civil disobedience which led to the deaths of men: stop them! I tell young people not to let themselves be manipulated".

"This electoral coup d'etat was a failure. The Ivorian people succeeded in defeating this election", meanwhile estimated the spokesman of the opposition, Pascal Affi N'Guessan.

For his part, the former rebel leader and former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has, since his European exile, affirmed that he no longer recognizes President Ouattara, calling for "work" on his departure. 

"I understand the relevance of a transitional government," he said.

The eagerly awaited CIS press conference

On Saturday, Observers, NGOs and journalists reported roadblocks, cut roads, looted ballot boxes, blocked electoral materials, and more clashes with the police. 

These incidents, which mostly occurred in opposition strongholds, have been played down by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), which is due to hold a press conference this Sunday.

The main Ivorian political parties, as well as the ECOWAS observers, have also announced that they will speak today.

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