Where Do I Vote
November 1, 2010 by staff
The counting of votes in over 20,000 polling stations immediately began closed Sunday night and continued into the night. Although the electoral commission has three days to announce the results, preliminary results are expected later Monday.
There are 14 candidates, but only three real contenders: President Laurent Gbagbo, former President Henri Konan Bedie and former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. If no one wins more than half of the votes, the two finalists will face off in a runoff.
It is therefore important for each man to do good with his base, to build the foundations for possible coalitions of second round losing candidates. Ouattara and Bedie have already committed to supporting the other hand, if man is facing President Gbagbo in a runoff.
President calls on all candidates to keep their supporters calm and wait for official results.
The president says it is upholding the law. He says candidates should not make a spectacle of themselves for each proclaiming their own results. He says that Ivory Coast has a law that is clear and that is the Independent Electoral Commission, which has the authority to announce the interim results. It is then up to the Constitutional Council to give the final results. The president says that if everyone respects the law, there will be problems in Ivory Coast.
Is an important vote, not only for the Ivory Coast, but for West Africa, too. With ethnic violence delayed the second round of presidential voting Guinea and Sierra Leone and Liberia are still struggling to recover their own civil wars, a successful vote here helps stability and economic development.
Former President of Ghana John Kufuor, is an election observer with the Carter Center.
“Ivory Coast has always been the economic heart or center, I say, not only French-speaking West Africa, but even the English-speaking area, and everyone is looking for Côte d’Ivoire to have a peaceful and fair election so they could resume playing his proper role for the development of the whole neighborhood, “he said.
The Carter Center and the European Community observer mission of the Union will announce its preliminary report on the fairness of the vote on Tuesday.
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