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The presidential election of October 31 in Côte d’Ivoire was the dreaded scenario, that of an election peppered with violence. Intercommunity clashes, deaths and injuries. People ransacked and set fire to ballot boxes, polling stations, and CIS headquarters almost everywhere, and paralyzed towns with tree trunks, and very actively prevented the vote from being held. Two BMW brand vehicles belonging to microbes set on fire in Yopougon Kouté.

Indeed, the polling stations opened this Saturday at 8 a.m. local time for the presidential election of October 31, 2020 in Côte d’Ivoire and the streets of the commercial capital Abidjan were quiet and largely empty. Very strong tensions are observed in several cities of the country. Unidentified individuals took away ballot boxes in several localities of the country. Youth from opposition parties disrupted the ballot across much of the country. In addition, there is little attendance in some open polling stations in the district of Abidjan and in the interior of the country.

“There was no election in Côte d’Ivoire. There was a hostage-taking in parody of an election shunned by the Ivorians in their large majority. (….). More than 90 % of the polling stations have been closed. (….). Thank you Dear Journalists! We do not have the possibility to invite you to dinner as Mr. Ouattara did but we remain confident that you will do your job with professionalism “, declared Pascal AFFI N’Guessan, spokesperson for the Ivorian opposition platform, during the press briefing at PDCI Headquarters, Abidjan, Cocody.

A total of four candidates are in the running, but Henri Konan Bédié and Pascal Affi N’Guessan of the opposition do not participate in the ballot. Only Alassane Ouattara and Konan Kouadio Bertin actively participate in the vote. More than seven million voters are expected to vote for this tense election.

 

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