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n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The impact of local elections : violence and low voter turnout in the Côte d'Ivoire : election reflection - people making an impact

Volume 2014, Issue 01
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Abstract

Local elections are rarely at the centre of international attention. However, their occurrence often provides unique insight into whether a country is trending towards conflict or peace. In these instances an election is often more about the process than about the outcome. On 21 April 2013 the Côte d'Ivoire held local and municipal elections. These elections were the second vote held in the country since the violent 2010 presidential elections, and tensions were high during the weeks preceding the vote. The calm of the election day and the low voter turnout, followed by the dispersed incidents of violence in the weeks following the election, highlight the country's slow process of reconciliation during the fragile transition to democracy.

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2019-10-15

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