Opposition contests turnout in Ivory Coast presidential vote


ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s weekend presidential poll won praise from observers as being peaceful and fair but saw the opposition contest turnout figures Monday as the West African nation tries to overcome a history of electoral violence. A reasonable turnout is crucial for incumbent President Alassane Ouattara to claim legitimacy for the vote he is tipped to win, and his administration had stressed his mandate would be contingent on a healthy rate of participation. While first estimates from the electoral commission put turnout at “around 60 percent,” a civil society platform placed it a touch lower, at 53 percent. However the CNC opposition coalition, which represents two presidential candidates, put the figure at less than 20 percent, calling the vote a “parody” and the official projection “unrealistic.”



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