President of the Independent Electoral Commission in Cote d’Ivoire, Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert, declared, “President of the Republic Mr Alassane Ouattara is therefore elected.”
African Elections have become a mere formality, electoral bodies don't even bother to do the right maths. Ivory Coast president's total votes ➕ opposition surpassed 💯% pic.twitter.com/XnUIpwDp9u
— SᗯᗩᕼIᒪI~ᑭᑌᑎᗪIT (@YussufMwinyi) November 3, 2020
As of Tuesday morning following results proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Monday night, Cote d’Ivoire has announced that current President Alassane Ouattara at 78 years of age has been re-elected for a controversial third term in office after garnering 94.27% of the vote in the first round at a participation rate of 53.90%. as the main opposition camps — who still perceive Ouattara’s candidacy as a constitutional coup d’etat, chose to boycott the election in civil disobedience.
Opponents Standing Strong
Meanwhile in Ivory Coast.. opposition who boycotted saturday’s election announce creation of a ‘transitional council’ to organise new elections- effectively stating that they don’t recognise outcome of polls-which based on results will see President Ouattara secure a 3rd term. pic.twitter.com/YrYR0l6etC
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) November 2, 2020
The opposition camps did not recognise the preliminary results of the election as they called on Monday for the formation of a civil transition to hold what they believe will be fair and transparent elections.
Mounting Political Tensions
The political atmosphere in the country has already been tense and volatile and over 30 people have already lost their lives in election-related campaign violence.
Guys pray for my country 🇨🇮🇨🇮
Ivory coast its elections day here
— #MOSquad 🇬🇭➡🇨🇮 (@afeziskiny) October 30, 2020
Following this presidential pronouncement, many Ivorians fear a repeat of the post-electoral crisis of 2010 which resulted in the deaths of around 3,000 people.