Election worker carries election material at a community center in Abidjan. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Cote d’Ivoire is gearing up for presidential elections set for tomorrow (October 25). The campaigning part of the election run up formally ended yesterday, with seven candidates running against incumbent President Alassane Dramane Ouattara.
Ouattara was elected in 2010 but not without tension and violence. The then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede power to Ouattara causing a five-month conflict leading to extensive atrocities against civilians, reported Human Rights Watch.
Analysts are hoping that the West African country will go ahead with elections peacefully following in the footsteps of the recent, relatively peaceful, polls in Guinea, which found Alpha Conde president once more.
African Arguments writer Sophie T. Rosenberg reported that one could barely tell that eight candidates are running for the elections in Cote d’Ivoire, considering that the majority of billboards in Abidjan, the economic capital of the country, are covered in the national colours with overpowering support for Ouattara.
Ouattara and his administration during his first term managed to implement policies seemingly changing Cote d’Ivoire for the better. This however, does not mean his is guaranteed to win a second term predicts the South African Institute of International Affairs.
The world will not only have to wait and see who will be the future president of the country but also if peace can be sustained in Cote d’Ivoire during election period.