After an election that was generally calm, Ivorians received the provisional results, which were announced in dribs and drabs by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). For the opposition, not everything is going smoothly. So they are already shouting for victory.
This Sunday, the day after the legislative elections in Cote d’Ivoire, as the Independent Electoral Commission began to deliver the first results, the opposition is making a media appearance to claim victory. At the head of the line for this claim, the PDCI, with as spokesman, Niamkey Koffi, general coordinator of the party for the legislative elections. « We claim victory (…) We think we are around 128 seats with our allies, » he said.
But the CIS has not yet decided. If some results are already published, most of them are still expected as the counting of ballots continues. Aware that much can be done in the meantime, the opposition is already denouncing anomalies. « Our concern is the manipulation of the results, » continued Niamkey Koffi, before warning « the government against any attempt that would distort the sincerity of the vote.
For the opposition coalition, the provisional results proclaimed are not credible since « enamelled with cheating, tampering, manipulation, » and punctuated by « attempts to reverse the results.
In terms of voter turnout, there is disappointment within the ranks of the PDCI, and Niamkey Koffi does not mince his words. « People did not go out as they were supposed to. The climate was more peaceful than in previous years. There have been fewer incidents, but there have been some, » said the PDCI leader. But for the time being, official figures on voter turnout in these election contests are still awaited.