By Anaïs De Meulder
Only two years after the 2010-2011 post-election crisis that resulted in some 3,000 deaths, Cote d’Ivoire is already preparing to hold presidential elections amidst persistent insecurities. On 4 May 2013, President Alassane Ouattara announced that voting would be conducted electronically at the 2015 presidential polls, in order to prevent incidents of ballot-box interference which were seen during municipal and regional elections, both held on 21 April 2013. The local elections, characterised by accusations of irregularities and violence, highlight the country’s persistent security problems and its lingering instability.
The polls were seen as a trial run for the 2015 presidential elections, which will be the first since the widespread political violence that followed the November 2010 vote. Fighting broke out when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede victory to Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner. Continued political violence and infighting within Ouattara’s ruling coalition is likely to result in long-term ramifications for investor confidence in the West African nation. (more…)