Unsurprisingly, President Alassane Dramane Ouattara was re-elected as head of state of Côte d’Ivoire for a third consecutive term. The surprise lies mainly in the rate of participation which, although it does not reach that of the previous presidential election of 2015 (54%), is close to it.
According to the overall results published early this morning by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), 53.9% of voters went to the polls to vote for the RHDP candidate. More than a plebiscite, Ouattara got away with a Soviet score of 94.27% of the valid votes cast!
He is followed by the other candidate who did not boycott the presidential election, Kouadio Konan Bertin, who received only 1.99% of the votes, far less than what he had obtained in 2015. Then come the theorists of boycott and civil disobedience, who still garnered votes, the former President Henri Konan Bédié, 1.66% and the former Prime Minister of Gbagbo, Pascal Affi Nguessan, 0.99%.
These results come from the ballot boxes compiled from 108 departments and from abroad. They will then have to be validated by the Constitutional Council in the coming days.
For its part, the opposition has already claimed that it no longer recognizes Alassane Ouattara as head of state and has announced the establishment of a National Transition Committee, headed by former President Bédié, for a 30-month civil transition, with a plan of action that includes, among other things, the formation of a government expanded to include representative parties and civil society, the creation of a new IEC to organize elections, or the holding of a presidential election coupled with a legislative, etc..