Ivory Coast: Low Voter Turnout For Legislative Elections


“The vote was calm, without any particular incidents, but a low turnout, which was the natural consequence of the boycott decided by the Ivorian People’s Front (FPI) of former president Laurent Gbagbo”, said to MISNA missionary sources from Abidjan, who requested anonymity for security reasons. The sources indicated that many avoided the polls for fear of unrest, but also due to general disinterest in a vote not considered as decisive as last year’s presidential election.

The results are expected over the next hours.

The Abidjan.net site has already released first numbers issued by the Independent electoral commission regarding the Bingerville and Plateau constituencies, where the turnout was respectively of 25.65% and 20.99%. In both cases victory went to the candidates of the Rassemblement des Républicains of President Alassane Dramane Ouattara, which was widely expected. The only verifications that need to be made are the results of the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast (PDCI), however an ally of the ruling party, and FPI members who ran as independents.


MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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