ABIDJAN, 2 November 2020 – Violence, intimidation and electoral malpractice marred the first round of Cote d’Ivoire’s presidential election last Saturday.

“The context that prevailed on election day… shows that a large segment of the Ivorian population did not experience this election in peace,” election observation group, PTI Advocacy Group, said in a statement.

The group found at least 23 percent of polling stations across the country could not open on account of threats of violence or acts of intimidation.

Voting had to suspended before the tabulation and announcement of results in about 6 percent of the polling stations, PTI Advocacy Group added in the statement.

Outgoing President Alassane Ouattara is expected to win the ballot which has been boycotted by main opposition parties.

 

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