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Sport Côte d'Ivoire: in Bouaké and Abidjan, concern is rising before the election

12:55  30 october  2020
12:55  30 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Following elections in Cote d ’ Ivoire in October 2010, both President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition candidate, Alassane Ouattara, claimed victory. International observers agreed that the Ouattara had won, but Gbagbo refused to accept this. Negotiations failed and while the world’s attention was

Côte d ’ Ivoire is emerging from a severe political-military crisis that followed a disputed November 28, 2010, presidential runoff election between former president 212 (Timothy V. Johnson), calling for the United States not to intervene militarily in Côte d ’ Ivoire in the absence of congressional approval.

La veille de l'élection du 31 octobre, les tensions entre pouvoir et opposition inquiètent la population, notamment à Bouaké et Abidjan (image d'illustration) © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO The day before the October 31 election, tensions between power and the opposition worry the population, especially in Bouaké and Abidjan (illustrative image)

On Saturday October 31, nearly 7.5 million voters will choose their next president. But the tensions between power and opposition worry the population, especially in the economic capital Abidjan or in the interior of the country, such as in Bouaké.

In the heart of Bouaké, in the Commerce district, establishments are always full of customers, reports our correspondent Judith Diarra . In her basket, Keïta Moussa has four bags of rice, a large container of oil and some provisions.

Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: the specter of intercommunal violence resurfaces

 Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: the specter of intercommunal violence resurfaces © Issouf Sanogo, AFP A small group of demonstrators protests against a possible third constituent of the outgoing president, Alassane Ouattara, in the streets of the village of Anono in Abidjan Thursday, October 15. The call for a boycott by the opposition of the electoral process raises fears of a new cycle of violence in the country. On Friday, inter-community tensions erupted in the stronghold of presidential candidate Pascal Affi N'Guessan.

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The post- election crisis then evolved from a targeted campaign of violence by Gbagbo forces to an armed conflict in which armed forces from both In the course of six field missions to Côte d ’ Ivoire , including four in Abidjan and two along the Ivorian-Liberian border, Human Rights Watch researchers

Self-buying or preparations for fear of a crisis? Once checked out, Keïta said he was calm about the elections. “This shopping is not about an election fear. Because in Bouaké, there is no animosity between the populations, so we are calm. Yes, the elections are going to go well. »

At the bottom of this supermarket, Anoko Blandine continues her shopping. She, who has gone from almost single to double her usual provisions, admits that she fears a period of trouble. "As we hear things here and there, it's more out of fear of running out of food. So we go shopping. I am not at ease with everything that is happening now. "

According to some officials at the Bouaké bus station and motorcycle taxi drivers, the tensions have created significant population traffic between areas deemed unstable and those deemed to be safer. And point out that there is sometimes a lack of vehicles for certain destinations.

Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: ten years later, the West still a powder keg

 Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: ten years later, the West still a powder keg © Issouf SANOGO A man stands near a mass grave where 11 people were killed in violence during the post-election crisis of 2010 -2011 are buried, in Duékoué, in western Côte d'Ivoire, on October 9, 2020. "Peace". Near a mass grave where 11 people are buried, the inscription on the wall of a ruined maquis in the "Carrefour" district of Duekoué, one of the large towns in western Côte d'Ivoire, s 'is erased over time, ten years after the post-election crisis which left 3,000 dead.

Côte d ' Ivoire elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. The National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) has 225 members, elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies.

Little is known about Côte d ' Ivoire before the arrival of Portuguese ships in the 1460s. Crime rose dramatically in Abidjan . During one of these airstrikes in Bouaké , French soldiers were hit and nine of them were killed; the Ivorian government has said it was a mistake, but the French have claimed it

Some inhabitants of Abidjan leave for their village

Many inhabitants of Abidjan, for example, have already left the economic capital to take refuge in the village for fear of possible violence, notes our correspondent Sidy Yansané .

As usual, the Adjamé bus station is teeming with people slaloming between minibuses, coaches and taxis. But in this election week, the turmoil is compounded by nervousness. Many are fleeing Abidjan, fearing a dramatic repeat of history as the presidential election draws near.

Alassane is a "coxer", a young person who plays the touts by directing passengers to vehicles. " People are scared. For a week like this, it has been traveling. They travel because of insecurity. To go to San-Pédro or Sassandra you have to pay at least 12,000, it's expensive. It used to be 5,000, now we pay 12,000. "

But demand doesn't keep up with supply. Result: there is a lack of buses to transport everyone. Jean-Marie has been waiting for his bus for two hours. He leaves for his village in Toumodi, in the center of the country. Leaving his family behind, let him think it safer in Abidjan.

“Generally, the past elections, they create riots, they enter houses, seize the men. That’s why we have to make the men safe, we will do nothing to the women and children.

If some leave, others, who had already lost everything during past crises, prefer to stay, to protect their property in the event of violence.

Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day .
The survey showed a significant partisan divide, too. Those supporting Biden are more likely to say they plan to vote by mail than those who support Trump.When combining those who are voting by mail (42%) and those who voting early in-person (26%), nearly 2 in 3 voters will be casting their ballot ahead of Election Day, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.

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