2015 Ivorian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Ivory Coast on 25 October 2015. Alassane Ouattara won a second term in a landslide victory over his closest rival Pascal Affi N'Guessan.

2015 Ivorian presidential election

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Nominee Alassane Ouattara Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Party RDR FPI
Alliance RHDP AFD
Popular vote 2,618,229 290,780
Percentage 83.7% 9.3%

President before election

Alassane Ouattara
RDR

Elected President

Alassane Ouattara
RDR

CampaignEdit

The President of the Ivory Coast is elected with a five-year mandate through a two-round system, with 50% simple majority required to avoid a run-off. According to the 2000 Constitution of Ivory Coast, candidates are limited to two consecutive terms as president. Incumbent President Alassane Ouattara, first elected in 2010 preceding the 2010–11 Ivorian crisis, stood again to seek a second term.[1]

Opposition party Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) called for a boycott of the elections in protest against the trial of former President Laurent Gbagbo by the International Criminal Court.[2] Presidential candidate Pascal Affi N'Guessan denounced the incarceration of Gbagbo and political conditions under Ouattara:

"Peace isn't only the silence of weapons. Can we say that Ivory Coast is in peace when President Gbagbo is in The Hague? With hundreds of political prisoners in jail, Ivory Coast is not in peace."[3]

Some hardliners in the FPI did not want to participate in elections as long as Gbagbo remained imprisoned, but others felt the party needed to remain engaged in the electoral process.[3]

ResultsEdit

The vote was relatively peaceful, compared to the unrest that marred previous elections, although voter turnout was down to 54.6%.[4] Outtara avoided a second round vote and won a second term in office after garnering 83.7%, in a landslide victory over his nearest rival Affi N'Guessan on 9.3%.[5]

CandidatePartyVotes%
Alassane OuattaraRally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace2,618,22983.66
Pascal Affi N'GuessanAlliance of Democratic Forces290,7809.29
Konan Bertin KouadioIndependent121,3863.88
Henriette Lagou AdjouaRenewal for Peace and Concord27,7590.89
Siméon Konan KouadioIndependent22,1170.71
Kacou GnangboIndependent18,6500.60
Jacqueline-Claire KouangouaIndependent12,3980.40
Charles Konan BannyIndependent8,6670.28
Amara EssyIndependent6,4130.20
Mamadou KoulibalyLiberty and Democracy for the Republic3,3430.11
Total3,129,742100.00
Valid votes3,129,74293.96
Invalid/blank votes201,1866.04
Total votes3,330,928100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,301,18952.86
Source: CEI

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