News / Africa

ECOWAS Diplomat Urges Ivorian Candidates to Accept Vote Results

Ivorian youths look at a cyber cafe in Abidjan at the country's Independent Electoral Commission website (file photo)
Ivorian youths look at a cyber cafe in Abidjan at the country's Independent Electoral Commission website (file photo)

Multimedia

Audio
  • Ambassador James Victor Gbeho,president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission told VOA Ivory Coast’s peace and stability is critical to the sub-region’s burgeoning economic development and strong democratic credentials.

Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, who observed Ivory Coast’s presidential run-off vote, also urged both President Laurent Gbagbo and his challenger, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara, to accept the results of Sunday’s election.

“The impression is that it has been calm in most places. There have been rumors of incidents in a few (areas) and that is not good enough. One would have thought that we would do it all without violence, but that has not been so. However, I think that most of the voting would stand and we will, in a few days time, know the results,” he said.

Millions of Ivorians cast ballots Sunday in an election designed to reunite the country divided by a civil war eight years ago. The days leading up to the runoff were marred by deadly street violence and a dispute over a nighttime curfew.

Ambassador Gbeho said his organization continues to encourage both candidates to ensure the country’s prevailing peace is not compromised.

“The ECOWAS mediator, who is President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, spent the whole day here talking to all the candidates, encouraging them to restrain their followers and getting them to agree that they will accept the results,” said Ambassador Gbeho.

“He did a yeoman’s job because, after his visit here, the political temperature lowered. Tension came down allowing for a good process today.”

The campaign for the runoff was marked by aggressive rhetoric and several outbreaks of fighting between Gbagbo and Ouattara supporters. Three people died in a clash between police and demonstrators in Abidjan on Saturday.

Last week, Ambassador Gbeho among other West African sub-regional leaders, launched an appeal for calm ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off vote.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement Saturday, President Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara appealed for calm and promised to accept the election results.

The first-round election in October passed peacefully with President Gbagbo winning 38 percent of the vote and Mr. Ouattara taking 32 percent.

Sunday's runoff hinges on which candidate could pick up the 25 percent of voters who backed the first vote’s third-place finisher, former president Henri Konan Bedie.

You May Like

Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan

Ninety percent of world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan More

Here's Your Chance to Live in a Deserted Shopping Mall

About one-third of the 1200 enclosed malls in the US are dead or dying. Here's what's being done with them. More

Video NASA: Big Antarctica Ice Shelf Is Disintegrating

US space agency’s new study indicates Larsen B shelf could break up in just a few years More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriagei
X
May 21, 2015 4:14 AM
The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.
Video

Video Women to March for Peace Between Koreas

Prominent female activists from around the world plan to march through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea to call for peace between the two neighbors, divided for more than 60 years. The event, taking place May 24, marks the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament and has been approved by both Koreas. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan Following Record High Poppy Crops

Afghanistan has seen record high poppy crops during the last few years - and the result has been an alarming rise in illegal drug use and addiction in the war-torn country. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem has this report from Kabul.
Video

Video America’s Front Lawn Gets Overhaul

America’s front yard is getting a much-needed overhaul. Almost two kilometers of lawn stretch from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. But the expanse of grass known as the National Mall has taken a beating over the years. Now workers are in the middle of restoring the lush, green carpet that fronts some of Washington’s best-known sights. VOA’s Steve Baragona took a look.

VOA Blogs