Ivorians awaited the results of the presidential election on Sunday in a tense atmosphere, the day after a vote boycotted by the opposition and marked by violence which left at least two dead.
The total toll of violence which was numerous in the southern half of the country was not immediately known, but the opposition as well as the authorities spoke of the deaths. From a security source, there are at least two dead: one in Oumé, 260 km north-west of Abidjan, and at least one in Tiebissou, in the center of the country.
The mayor of Tiebissou, Germain N’Dri Koffi, meanwhile, reported a toll of “4 dead and 27 injured” in his town. Some 35,000 members of the security forces had been deployed in the country.
A mandate deems “unconstitutional”
Before the election, around thirty people had died in violence following the announcement, in August, of President Ouattara’s candidacy for a third term that the opposition considers “unconstitutional”.
Alassane Ouattara, 78, who should win in the first round due to the boycott of the opposition, called for calm on Saturday: “I appeal to those who launched a slogan of civil disobedience which leads to the deaths of men: stop them! I tell young people not to let themselves be manipulated ”.
The count was completed Sunday morning in most offices and the results were being sent to the Independent Electoral Commission, which has five days to announce the results.
Crushing victory in the North
Unsurprisingly, while the opposition had called for a boycott, the figures coming from the North, traditionally favorable to Alassane Ouattara, give him a landslide victory with a strong turnout, while in the opposition areas many offices were ransacked. or simply have not opened.
Thus, in polling station 3 of the Korhogo-Est school group, the counting gives 405 voters out of 408 registered, with 402 ballots in favor of Ouattara and 3 voids, i.e. a score … of 99.26% participation and 100% of votes. vote for the outgoing president.
The situation is quite different in the South. In Daoukro, stronghold of the opponent and former president Henri Konan Bédie, no voter was able to vote and the roadblocks erected the day before were still in place on Sunday. This was the case in many other cities across the country, according to residents.
Opponents call for “mobilization”
The opposition made an appointment with the press on Sunday. According to several of its members, it is preparing a “transitional government”. The former rebel leader and ex-Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has, since his European exile, affirmed that he no longer recognizes President Ouattara, calling for “work” on his departure.
Former Minister Abdallah Mabri Toikeusse, who left the presidential coalition before the election, called on him to “maintain mobilization in towns and villages”. This tension raises fears of a new crisis in a region hit by incessant jihadist attacks in the Sahel, by a putsch in Mali, a contested election in Guinea and a political protest at the neighboring Nigerian giant.
Thousands of Ivorians had left the big cities to “go to the village”, anticipating unrest, ten years after the crisis which followed the 2010 presidential election, killing 3,000, following the refusal of President Laurent Gbagbo, who was in power since 2000, to recognize his defeat against Alassane Ouattara.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr