News / Africa

Presidential Voting Under Way in Ivory Coast

Voters, angry at polls not opening one hour after their scheduled start, break down a gate at Groupe Scolaire Saint Jeanne in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 28 Nov 2010
Voters, angry at polls not opening one hour after their scheduled start, break down a gate at Groupe Scolaire Saint Jeanne in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 28 Nov 2010

Voting is under way in Ivory Coast to choose a president in a runoff election that is meant to reunite the country after a brief civil war. There is an overnight curfew through Wednesday in the wake of pre-election violence.

Many polling stations in Abidjan opened late, in part, because the curfew expired just an hour before voting was set to begin.

President Laurent Gbagbo says he imposed the curfew to maintain order after at least three people were killed Saturday in clashes between riot police and supporters of former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.

Ouattara says the curfew is illegal, and is calling on his supporters to ignore it.

"We were concerned when we heard that a curfew would be imposed on the eve of election because, while security can be a concern to all of us, we want voters to be safe, we also don't want them to be impeded. And, we were concerned that this might cause voters to figure out they really couldn't get to the polls easily, that there could be knock-on effects on gasoline supplies and transport," said election observer and the vice president for peace programs at the U.S.-based Carter Center, John Stremlau. "And, it just raised a big question mark late in the game."

Stremlau says his observer team has been reassured by the relatively high voter turn-out it has seen so far, and is hoping the country successfully completes what he calls a critical election.

University student Akpele N'cho cast his vote Sunday morning.

N'cho says he hopes the vote reunifies the country and returns Ivory Coast's economy to its previous strength, because many opportunities were lost during the war. He says the vote should definitively re-establish peace.

Nurse Francoise Ariko says 10 years of conflict cannot continue.

Ariko voted in the first round and says she believes that voters today will choose someone who can raise up the country.

Ivory Coast's electoral commission says it will begin announcing preliminary results Sunday evening.

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say 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.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid