News / Africa

Turnout in Ivorian Presidential Election Near 80 Percent

Election officials start counting ballots in the first round of presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.
Election officials start counting ballots in the first round of presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.

Nearly 80 percent of registered voters in Ivory Coast turned out for Sunday's presidential election.  Early returns from overseas voters show a slight lead for the country's former prime minister.

Electoral commission vice president Mamadou Coulibaly says voter participation of nearly 80 percent in Sunday's election is a result that everyone involved in the electoral process should be proud of.

Young Jin Choi heads the United Nations observer mission here.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with President Laurent Gbagbo on Monday, Choi said such high voter participation is an example not only for the region and for Africa, but also for the rest of the world.

By law, the electoral commission has until Wednesday to release provisional results from the more than 20,000 polling stations.

Returns from expatriate voters in 15 countries show former prime minister Alassane Ouattara with a slight lead over President Gbagbo.  Both are well ahead of former president Henri Konan Bedie.  But fewer than 10,000 expatriate ballots in all are not statistically significant in a country with nearly six million registered voters.

If none of the 14 candidates wins more than half of the votes, the top two finishers will face off in a second round election.  Analysts say it is important for each of the three main candidates to do well with his base to build a foundation for potential second-round coalitions with losing candidates.

Bedie and Ouattara already have pledged to back the other if either man faces President Gbagbo in a runoff.

The European Union and the U.S.-based Carter Center are expected to announce their preliminary reports on the fairness of the vote on Tuesday.  There have been no major complaints from candidates in a vote that was conducted in government-controlled areas and parts of the north that are still under the command of a former rebel movement.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all parties and candidates to help maintain calm and pursue any complaints about results through legal channels.

The vote is meant to reunite the country eight years after the start of civil war.  

You May Like

Video On The Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime bombardment, VOA correspondent finds More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge 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.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
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.

AppleAndroid