News / Africa

Ivory Coast Votes Sunday

A man walks past an election poster for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, as presidential campaigning kicked off Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast has endured eight years of civil war, and a date for elections has been set and m
A man walks past an election poster for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, as presidential campaigning kicked off Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast has endured eight years of civil war, and a date for elections has been set and m

Multimedia

Audio
  • Charles Druid, campaign manager for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A campaign manager for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo said Sunday’s election marks the first step towards the reconstruction of Ivory Coast after years of instability due to the civil war which ended after a peace agreement in 2007.

The war divided the country into a rebel-controlled north and government-run south.

Charles Druid said Ivorians are ready to vote in an election which has been postponed on several occasions due to sharp disagreements between the government and the opposition.

“I think we are ready. This is way overdue…And so it’s been five years overdue and of course we are all ready as citizens of the Ivory Coast; we want our country to get out of this no peace no war type of situation. We are looking forward to getting out completely of this process for whoever is elected to run the country.”

Three prominent politicians are running in the election that was first scheduled five years ago, but postponed repeatedly by disputes over voter eligibility and turmoil stemming from a 2002 civil war.

President Laurent Gbagbo is being challenged in the poll by a former president Henri Konan Bedie and a former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.

In an interview with VOA, campaign manager Druid predicted that Ivory Coast nationals will re-elect incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo in Sunday’s vote.

He expressed hope that the country’s security agencies will maintain the peace during and after Sunday’s election.

“We do have some concerns. Of course we are coming out of a war. We are coming out of a crisis that has lasted for eight years now…There would be a few former rebels that might not necessarily agree with how the process is going. So, there are reasons to be somewhat concerned. But, I’m optimistic and the president is also optimistic… that this process will go smoothly.”

Security forces and election observers are positioning themselves to monitor Sunday's long-delayed presidential election in Ivory Coast.

The Ivorian military plans to deploy thousands of soldiers around the country to maintain peace and security.

About 8,000 United Nations peacekeepers and several hundred French troops are also available in case of unrest. The European Union has 32 election observers in place, while more than 30 civil society groups also plan to observe.

Ivorian military chief of staff Philippe Mangou warned on Wednesday that anyone who tries to disrupt the vote will be thwarted. He said the country's borders and the airport in Abidjan will be closed.

The presidential vote will be the country's first in a decade.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license 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.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid