Côte d'Ivoire

Counting begins after Côte d'Ivoire elections


Vote-counting has begun in Côte d'Ivoire after yesterday's second round presidential vote.  On polling day pro-geovernment youths set up road blocks to deter voters, our reporter says.


Almost six million people were eligible to vote to separate President Laurent Gbagbo and former prime minister Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo and Ouattara won 38 and 32 per cent in the first round respectively.

Supporters of Ouattara yesterday accused Gbagbo's allies of keeping voters out of polling stations. And the government has alleged that voting in pro-opposition areas was not transparent.

Alexandra Brangeon in Abidjan

“In pro-Gbagbo districts I witnessed gangs of youths loyal to the ruling party setting up road blocks," Alexandra Brangeon reports. "The opposition accused these youths of checking voting cards and blocking likely opposition voters.

“They also denounce what they say was intimidation at several polling stations where party representatives were prevented from entering. The ruling party also says their voters were harassed in opposition areas”.

The government says two people died yesterday in Daloa when locals opened fire on troops and civilians. This brings to six the number of people killed in election-related violence.

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